Update: MEP Siegfried Mureşan requests EUR 110m from the EU, support to farmers affected by African swine fever. The EC warned Romania on risks in early 2017

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PNL MEP Siegfried Mureşan has filed on Thursday two amendments to the European Union’s draft budget for 2019, demanding the allocation of EUR 110 million to the farmers in the European Union, including in Romania, affected by the African swine fever.

“MEP Siegfried Mureşan (EPP/PNL) has filed today two amendments to the European Union’s draft budget for 2019, calling for a total allocation of EUR 110 million to compensate farmers in the Member States affected by African swine fever, including Romanian farmers,” PNL MEP Siegfried Muresan informs in a statement.

The PNL MEP asks for the two amendments so that EUR 100 million to be allocated to the affected farmers and EUR 10 million to go to the emergency Fund for Animal and Plant Health.

“Thus, the first amendment by Siegfried Muresan provides for the allocation of EUR 100 million to the European Agricultural Guarantee Fund (EAGF) for specific measures for the farmers affected by African swine fever. In the second amendment, the European MEP calls for an increase by EUR 10 million, from EUR 50 million to EUR 60 million, for allocations to the emergency Fund for Animal and Plant Health in the Animal Health and Food Programme managed by the European Commission,” the communiqué reads.

“But the main condition for this money to be allocated to the affected Romanian farmers is that the Romanian Government and the Romanian authorities put an end to the spread of African swine fever, which the Romanian authorities have failed to do in due time,” Muresan says.

The European Union’ draft budget for 2019 is to be adopted by the European Parliament and the European Union Council by the end of November.

The European Commission warned Romania in February 2017 about the risk of African swine fever

The European Commission warned Romania, as early as February 2017, that it failed to take measures to prevent the spread of the African swine fever. Instead of increasing the measures to fight the African swine fever, the National Sanitary Veterinary Authority (ANSVSA) has reduced them. The damages are now estimated to some EUR 3 billion, digi24.ro reports.

Digi 24 TV has got hold of a report on a control conducted during January-February 2017 by the European Commission, through the Directorate General for Health and Food Safety, and the Romanian authorities were warned, 16 months before the outbreak of the African swine fever, that they fail to take the needed concrete measures to prevent the spreading of the disease.

The document from February 2017 reads that: Romania does not enforce measures in order to prevent the African swine fever, e.g. for managing the wild boars and the bio security in the non-professional exploitations and will enforce them only once the disease is confirmed, with consequent delays in results. Although the hunters are aware of the African swine fever, the weak passive surveillance programme of wild boars does not guarantee that the African swine fever will be traced in early stages. This will delay the tracing of the disease and, consequently, will delay the enforcement of controls, increasing the risks of further spreading to domestic pigs, mainly in non-professional exploitations. The numerous non-professional exploitations, with low level of bio security, are the most vulnerable point for the spreading of the infection to domestic pigs.

The source says the ANSVSA representatives have ignored the EC recommendations and the experts’ anticipations that have become true this spring, when the first domestic pigs were infested with African swine fever from the wild boars coming from Ukraine.



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