Submission of eradication and control programmes
- Bovine tuberculosis;
- Bovine brucellosis;
- Ovine and caprine brucellosis;
- Classical swine fever;
- African swine fever;
- Swine vesicular disease;
- Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopaties (TSEs)
- Avian Influenza
Every year, the Commission draws a list of the programmes that qualify for co-financing in a decision with the proposed amount for each. Diseases with public health and economic impacts receive the greatest weighting.
For each programme, EU countries submit:
- Intermediate technical and financial reports;
- By 30 April each year, an annual technical report assessing the results and expenditure of the previous year.
Reporting requirements - Decision 2008/940/EC
The Commission evaluates annually if its funds are used adequately. Final payments depend on the satisfactory evaluation of the programmes' implementation.
EU countries present the results of their programmes to the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health (SCoFCAH).
EU countries should update their actual and likely use of EU funds towards the end of the 1st semester. Those with eligible expenditure above the allowed amounts must justify the difference.
The Commission considers reallocating between programmes to ensure optimal use of the funds. It amends the annual financial decision in the reallocation Decision at the end of the year.
The reallocation Decision endorses modified programmes if for epidemiological reasons their scope has changed e.g. area for vaccination, targets for testing or more slaughter animals.
The task force on the eradication of animal diseases monitors disease eradication in EU countries to improve the cost-benefit ratio of eradication programmes co-funded by the EU. Members are EU countries and Commission representatives. It meets annually in Brussels, chaired by the Commission.
Subgroups give tailored technical assistance to EU countries for some diseases:
Bovine tuberculosis subgroup
Report - Ireland, March 2014
Report - Spain, October 2012
Report - The United Kingdom, March 2012
Report - Dublin, Ireland, November 2011
Report - Zagreb, Croatia, July 2011
Report - Brescia, Italy, June 2010
Report - Idanha-a-Nova, Portugal, April 2010
Working Document on Eradication of Bovine Tuberculosis in the EU accepted by the Bovine tuberculosis subgroup of the Task Force on monitoring animal disease eradication (SANCO/10067/2013)
Brucellosis subgroup (“Bovine” and “Sheep and Goats”)
Report - Vila Real, Portugal, 15-16 May 2014
Report - Skopje, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, 14-15 May 2013
Working Document on Eradication of Bovine, Sheep and Goats Brucellosis in the EU accepted by the “Bovine” and “Sheep and Goats” Brucellosis subgroups of the Task Force on monitoring animal disease eradication (SANCO/6095/2009)
Report - Halkidiki, Greece, 14-15 June 2012
Report - Belfast, Northern Ireland, December 2011
Report - Santander, Spain, October 2010
Report - Valladolid, Spain, June 2009
Report - Warsaw, Poland, December 2012
Report - Zagreb, Croatia, November 2012
Report - Plovdiv, Bulgaria, March 2011
Report - Kaliningrade, Russia, April 2011
Report - Tartu, Estonia, November 2010
Report - Vilnius, Lithuania, October 2009
Report - Sofia, Bulgaria, March 2013
Report - Tomar, Portugal, May - June 2012
Report - Nicosia, Cyprus, October 2011
Report - Brussels, Belgium, May 2010
Report - Warszaw, Poland, March 2009
Classical swine fever subgroup
Members are EU countries representatives with an approved programme for the respective disease, other concerned EU countries, independent experts and the Commission.
Meetings are held in a country with an approved eradication programme and in areas with particular problems. This allows discussions with local vets and possible visits to farms, laboratories, vet services, etc.
Since 2010, the scope of subgroups extends to relevant non-EU countries given the trans-boundary nature of the disease e.g. classical swine fever in Serbia and rabies in Kaliningrade.
Indicators for the evaluation of the implementation of the programmes
The Commission with the support of the experts of the different task force subgroups have drafted this document listing some quantifiable and objective measurements (indicators) to evaluate the implementation and management of eradication, control or monitoring programmes, the effectiveness of the measures implemented and to measure progress or the deficiency in a specific area.
The indicators are disease specific and divided in two main categories:
- Activities (AI): to verify if the measures planned in the approved programmes are implemented as foreseen
- Progress (PI): to measure the progress towards achievement of the objectives of the programme (eradication/control/monitoring) in relation to the evolution of the disease in previous years.
Principles and criteria on which is based the reaction of the Commission in cases of unsatisfactory implementation of programmes co-financed
The purpose of this document is to inform the Member States on the principles and criteria on which the Commission bases its reaction to the unsatisfactory implementation of Member State veterinary monitoring, control and eradication programmes co-financed under Article 27 of Council Decision 2009/470/EC.
The Commission has the duty of ensuring that the use of Union funds is in line with the principles of sound financial management laid down in the Financial Regulation (Regulation (EU) No 966/2012) which sets the rules applicable to the budget of the Union.
On the same line, every year the financial decision approving the co-financing of veterinary programmes, defines the conditions for the payment of the EU contribution (including efficient implementation, and compliance with relevant EU rules) and provides for a reduction by the Commission of the financial contribution by having regard to the nature and gravity of the infringement, and to the financial loss for the Union.
In the framework of article 41 of Council Decision Decision 2009/470/EC, a report from the Commission to the European Parliament and to the Council on the outcome of the EU co-financed programmes for the eradication, control and monitoring of animal diseases and zoonosis over the period of 2005-2011 (COM(2014) 115) has been adopted on 5th March.
The co-funding for the animal diseases eradication, control and monitoring programmes (hereinafter “veterinary programmes”) represents by far the largest amount of expenditure under the EU food safety budget. Over the period under evaluation, more than EUR 1,17 billion were spent by the EU -for co-funding the implementation of programmes targeting thirteen diseases. During these 7 years, all 27 Member States (MSs) (EU-25 until 31st December 2006) benefitted from EU contribution.
In spite of some areas of concern, the veterinary programmes continue to play a crucial role in the effective management of the targeted animal diseases, by ensuring disease surveillance and eradication, better targeting of the control of trans-boundary diseases of high EU relevance as well as prevention and rapid reaction to emerging and re-emerging animal diseases, which are a cornerstone of the EU Animal Health Strategy. This, in turn, offers clear net economic benefits to the relevant sectors of the EU economy and to the smooth functioning of the single market, as well as the protection of consumers and public health (in the case of zoonosis), which represent key public goods for EU society.
Taking into account future threats and challenges of the EU co-financed veterinary programmes, the analysis conducted allows a certain number of conclusions on future actions needed to improve the management of the programmes, notably: better prioritisation, reduction of costs for managing the programmes for both the Commission and the MSs, improvement of design, implementation and cost-effectiveness analysis of the EU co-financed veterinary programmes.
The summary report on the outcome of the EU co-financed animal disease eradication and monitoring programmes (PERIOD 2007-2011)
Comes to update the report for the period for 2005-2009.