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1 Health and Consumers Health and Consumers The EU coordination mechanism Moritz Klemm, Animal Health Unit, Directorate for Veterinary and International affairs, European Commission OIE seminar for recently appointed Delegates, Brussels February 2014

2 Health and Consumers Health and Consumers Outline The example of the EU: Why OIE Coordination in the EU Responsibilities in the EU Procedures for OIE coordination in the EU The Example of other regions Planned capacity building activities Conclusions

3 Health and Consumers Health and Consumers Why OIE Coordination in the EU (1) Gradual harmonisation of veterinary measures at EU level with transfer of competences to EU institutions (since 1964) Animal Disease Notification System (1982) Creation of the internal market (1992) Standing Committee on the Food Chain Animal Health SCoFCAH (2002) New EU Animal Health Strategy ( )

4 Health and Consumers Health and Consumers Why OIE Coordination in the EU (2) Importance of International Standards for EU: Harmonised EU legislation in the veterinary field (animal health; animal welfare; veterinary public health) Relevant for intra-EU trade (internal market) Relevant for import and export policies Growing global trade and possible disputes

5 Health and Consumers Health and Consumers Why OIE Coordination in the EU (3) Principles of the new EU Animal Health Strategy: “Prevention is better than cure” Partnership Prioritisation & categorisation of diseases Modern legal framework Improved convergence with OIE standards

6 Health and Consumers Health and Consumers Responsibilities in the EU (1) Definition, elaboration, harmonisation of the health and trade policies : EU, under European Commission initiative 28 EU Member States are Members of the OIE European Commission has observer status since 2004 & concluded MoU with OIE in 2011 Close cooperation & coordination with EFTA & candidate countries

7 Health and Consumers Health and Consumers Responsibilities in the EU (2) Coordination at different levels: Experts: SCoFCAH and Working Groups for rules Chief Veterinary Officers: permanent Council working party and ad hoc meetings for strategy Result: at the OIE, the EU speaks with one voice “on behalf of the 28 Member States of the EU”

8 Health and Consumers Health and Consumers Procedures for OIE coordination (1) Example: OIE Terrestrial and Aquatic Animal Health Codes (Similar procedure in place for the OIE Manuals) 1. OIE sends reports of the meetings of the Code Commission / Aquatic Animals Commission to OIE Member Countries with copy to the European Commission

9 Health and Consumers Health and Consumers Procedures for OIE coordination (2) 2. DG SANCO elaborates first draft EU comments or positions and sends them to MSs 3. A specific “OIE Coordination Working Group” of experts meets in Brussels (EC & MSs + EFTA / candidate countries = “Commission working group”), and further elaborates draft EU comments

10 Health and Consumers Health and Consumers Procedures for OIE coordination (3) 4. Draft is proposed to CVOs, which discuss and validate EU written comments or positions and speaking notes at Council working party 5. Possible liaison with other countries or regions 6. The agreed written comments or positions are sent to the OIE

11 Health and Consumers Health and Consumers Procedures for OIE coordination (4) 7. And published on the DG SANCO website: ations/oie_en.htm ations/oie_en.htm 8. At the annual OIE General Session, speaking notes are split between the EU Presidency and other CVOs 9. On the spot coordination meetings of EU CVOs are held at the GS in Paris (+ EFTA countries)

12 Health and Consumers Health and Consumers Google: EU position OIE

13 Health and Consumers Health and Consumers OIE coordination – other Commission involvement OIE events and meetings (General Session; Regional Commission Europe; Global conferences & Regional workshops; GF-TADs) Questionnaires for Technical Items Choice of EU experts in OIE specialised commissions, and working groups and ad hoc groups Missions (PVS pathway; CVET – CMC-AH)

14 Health and Consumers Health and Consumers Examples from other Regions / groups of countries Africa: Positions delivered "on behalf of the 52 African OIE Member countries" AU-IBAR PAN-SPSO project ( and ) QUADS: coordination meetings between AUS, CAN, NZ, USA Europe: 53 OIE member countries Balkans: TAIEX seminar in February 2013

15 Health and Consumers Health and Consumers Planned Capacity building activities New BTSF project on Strengthening participation in International Standard Setting Bodies (Codex, OIE and IPPC) 2 workshops on OIE:  in Russian Federation (for East Europe, South Caucasus & Central Asia; Oct. 2014) and  in Tunisia (Southern Mediterranean countries coverning Northern Africa and part of Middle East Region; March 2015)

16 Health and Consumers Health and Consumers Conclusions Increasing importance of International Standards for trade Active participation in International Standard Setting Coordination of positions increases influence Impact on implementation of standards Invitation for sub-regional and regional cooperation

17 Health and Consumers Health and Consumers Thank you for your attention moritz.klemm[a]ec.europa.eu


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