The meeting, which was held in Minsk, was attended by the deputy prime minister of Belarus Mikhail Rusy, head of Russian veterinary watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor Sergey Dankvert, and Ukraine’s deputy minister of Agrarian Policy Ivan Bisiuk, who is also vice-president of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)’s European regional commission. Kazimieras Lukauskas, head of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) for Eastern Europe, also attended.
The participants discussed the ASF situation in Russia, and accepted it was possible the disease could spread into Poland and the Baltic countries.
They also discussed the possibility of establishing a unifying law to control dangerous animal diseases, which would allow a more dynamic response to outbreaks in the Customs Union. Priority would be given to animal indentification, product tracing and waste control, and Dankevert pointed out that the Eurasian Economic Commissions could prepare and issue the necessary regulatory documents.
Rosselkhoznadzor said that the heads of the veterinary services of the Customs Union would meet to discuss ASF control further in September.