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Food and Feed Safety (02-09-2005)

European Commission commits €4.5 million to preventing FMD in Europe

On 1 September 2005, the European Commission signed an agreement with the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) committing €4.5 million to continued efforts to prevent Foot-and-Mouth-Disease (FMD) from entering Europe. The FAO’s “European Commission for the Control of FMD” (EUFMD) works to help neighbouring countries (such as Iran, Iraq and the Caucasus region) with activities including surveillance, prevention and control activities in order to ensure a rapid response to any FMD outbreak and ultimately to prevent such outbreaks from reaching Europe.

The European Commission is a significant source of financing for the EUFMD, which had a budget of approximately €2.5 million during the period of 2001-2004. The Commission’s contribution of €4.5 million over 4 years represents a significant increase in funding for the EUFMD. All EU Member States and accession countries are members of the EUFMD.

FMD is not dangerous for human health but outbreaks of this highly contagious viral disease in livestock have major trade implications and a significant economic and social impact on the rural and national economy of affected countries.