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Negotiations between Head of Rosselkhoznadzor Sergey Dankvert and Ambassador of Poland Wojciech Zajączkowski

The negotiations were initiated by the Polish side. Wojciech Zajączkowski highly appreciated cooperation between the Polish regulatory authorities and the Rosselkhoznadzor. Sergey Dankvert noted that such cooperation contributed to stable supplies of agricultural products from Poland to Russia. He reminded that Poland accounted for 15% of Russia’s agricultural import. Last year the import volume was 1.8 billion US dollars. At the same time, whereas the other EU-countries, for example Germany, account for most imports of expensive meat products, Poland mostly imports products of plant origin. Taking this into account, inaction of the European Commission causes serious concern because it does not solve systemic problems of ensuring safety of seed and planting materials exported to the Customs Union. The inaction jeopardizes interests of both the Polish exporters and the Russian importers of such products. Alongside with it, in accordance with Bernard Van Goethem’s notification (Director of a DG SANCO Department) “it is a Council’s exclusive authority delegated by the European Commission to negotiate and conclude trade agreements with the third countries”. As for safety of trade, such a position seems to be extremely non-productive, taking into account the fact it is not the European Commission that guarantees safety of products but competent authorities of exporting countries. Sergey Dankvert believes that it could be possible to effectively solve specific problems concerning safety of regulated and quarantine products from this or that country only with the help of a technical document on specific conditions of such supplies. Due to the absence of the necessary structures and legal framework, the European Commission cannot ensure fulfillment of functions conferred by the international law on national authorities of the exporting countries. Under these conditions only an agreement on safety of imported products fixed in a corresponding technical regulation may provide a basis for a real and effective mechanism ensuring stable and safe trade. The National Plant Protection Service of Latvia, Lithuania and the Netherlands expressed their readiness to prepare and sign corresponding agreements.

The sides discussed ongoing cooperation between Russia and Poland in the field of teaching and training experts.

When discussing the fact of the large-scale adulteration of meat products in Western Europe, Sergey Dankvert noted with satisfaction a high level of cooperation between veterinary services of Russia and Poland. At the same time he pointed out that the All-European product Tracing System had demonstrated its inefficiency and its deficiencies should be taken into account when implementing the Russian Product Tracing System developed by the Rosselkhoznadzor. During the yesterday’s telephone negotiations with Chief Veterinary Officer of Austria (the origin of adulterated sausages), the Rosselkhoznadzor proposed to the Austrian veterinary services to suspend imports of regulated products to Russia in order to inspect exporting plants and update the list of exporters. The situation reported in the European Union convincingly demonstrates the advantage of a rapid implementation of “from stable to table” system ensuring comprehensive control of food products.

The Rosselkhoznadzor is seriously concerned about export of Schmallenberg infected cattle from France to Poland. Therefore, Sergey Dankvert proposed to the veterinary services of Poland to make a decision to impose temporary self-restrictions on export of cattle to Russia to objectively assess the situation, risk and its regionalization. 

Mar 1, 2013

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