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Food Safety

Health - Regulatory Committees - Standing Veterinary Committee 

Short report of the meeting (2000/17) held in Brussels on 06-07 June 2000

President: Mr. Bernard Van Goethem

All the Member States were represented.

1. Exchange of views of the Committee on the evolution of animal diseases in the Community including:

Avian influenza :

Italy

No new outbreaks were reported. The 5-days pre-notification for live poultry and hatching eggs, prior to dispatch to Member States and third countries, will still be maintained. The previously affected zones were being repopulated.

Newcastle disease :

Italy

The Italian delegation distributed and presented a report on the epidemiological situation. The first outbreak dated back to 05.05.2000. Up till 31.05.2000, there had been 38 outbreaks, of which 21 in the Emilia Romagna region. A total of 23 outbreaks occurred in backyard flocks. 30 further suspicions in small rural holdings were under investigation.

The origin was believed to be an indirect consequence of the avian influenza (AI) epidemic. There was a high demand for poultry to restock the previously depopulated areas, but not enough domestic supply. Therefore hatching eggs were introduced from several sources (ND vaccinating and ND non-vaccinating countries). Day old chicks with different immunological status were hatched in the same hatchery and virulent virus was introduced. The tight financial situation after the AI epidemic appears to be the reason that ND vaccination was often neglected and caused an increase of a susceptible poultry population..

Trade restrictions within the framework of Council Directive 92/66/EEC have been applied in the disease-affected areas. More stringent restrictions have been put in place for the most affected region of Emilia Romagna, where surveillance zones were extended to a provincial level. Trade with Member States is subject to a 5-days prior to dispatch notification for all types of poultry from all regions. The Italian delegate thought that the epidemic could be kept under control in this way. He indicated that, if necessary, further measures would be applied.

Member States and the Commission were worried, because of the deficiencies concerning the vaccination status of poultry herds.

Also point 15.

Bluetongue :

Greece

The Greek delegation distributed and presented an interim report on epidemio-surveillance for bluetongue in Greece. The delegate declared that Greece, in compliance with Decision 2000/350/EC 1 , had established an epidemiological surveillance scheme designed to detect evidence of bluetongue virus (BTV) circulation and/or BTV vector presence and activity in regions affected by the disease in 1999. The report presented provided a summary of the results obtained until 02.06.2000 and explained the follow-up actions taken by the Greek authorities in the light of the results. The Greek representative requested that the Annexes to the above Decision be amended in order to bring them in line with the current epidemiological situation.

The Commission preferred to await the evolution of the situation in the next few months.

See also points 15 and 22.

Swine vesicular disease :

Italy

The Italian delegate provided an update of the epidemiological situation. Three outbreaks were confirmed in the Lombardy region in the year 2000. The outbreaks had been detected in the framework of the eradication programme. A special monitoring plan was set up in Lombardy, while the whole of Italy continued to be monitored. Italy gave the assurance that any amendment of the measures already adopted would be submitted to the Committee.

Infectious haematopoietic necrosis :

Italy

Italy distributed and presented a report on 2 outbreaks of IHN in trout farms in the Friuli region. Restrictive measures have been taken in accordance with Directive 93/53/EEC 2 .

Viral haemorrhagic septicaemia :

Sweden

The Swedish delegation gave an update of the situation since the last SVC. All fish had been slaughtered and destroyed. Disinfecting will be finalised end June. The source of infection has not been identified. The delegate also announced that the wild fish population would be checked.

Finland

The Finnish delegate distributed and presented a report on two outbreaks of VHS, which had been diagnosed in rainbow trout farms. The first outbreak occurred in the Åland islands, the second in the south-eastern coastal area. There is no direct contact between the two fish farms. The delegate said that all the necessary restrictions measures were taken, including prohibiting movement of fish, equipment and vehicles.

Infectious salmon anaemia :

Norway

The Norwegian delegate distributed and presented a report giving an update of the epidemiological situation as regards ISA in Norway. Due to measures taken by the Norwegian Authorities, the diseases situation has improved considerably during the last years. At present, there are 8 ISA zones in force, surrounding outbreaks that have occurred during 1999 and 2000. Three of the zones are located in the northern part of Norway, while the rest of the zones are located on the south-west coast. See also point 21.

Faeroe Islands

The Danish delegate reported an outbreak of ISA, which occurred in a sea farm in the Faeroe Islands. A preliminary ban against export of slaughtered salmonid fish from the Faroe Islands to the EC, unless eviscerated, was put in place. See also point 15.

2. Information from the Member States and exchange of views of the Committee on the progress of eradication and monitoring programmes, in particular with regard to on the evolution of incidence and prevalence of the disease in the different regions of the Member State concerned and with regard to the implementation of the measures foreseen in the programme :

Tuberculosis:

Spain, Greece, Italy, Ireland and the United Kingdom individually presented a report on the progress of the approved eradication and monitoring programme for bovine tuberculosis, giving an overview of the disease evolution and the measures in place.

3. Information regarding perkinsus in cockles in New Zealand

The Commission informed the Member States about findings of Perkinsus in New Zealand cockles. There was no need for further measures. Member States that already had taken safety measures (e.g. France) were asked by the Commission to lift the restrictions.

4. Information on serological testing related to the monitoring of the effectiveness of rabies vaccine (doc. Sanco/1583/2000)

The Commission distributed a document which contained the replies of the Member States to an invitation to complete a form listing laboratories interested in being authorised to carry out serological tests to monitor the effectiveness of rabies vaccines within the framework of Council Decision 2000/258/EEC 3 . So far, 5 Member States had replied.

5. Information on progress made by infectious bovine rhinotracheitis (ibr) working group (doc. Sanco/1591/2000)

The Commission distributed the minutes of 2 meetings (held on 03.02.2000 and 06.04.2000) of the IBR working group.

6. Foot-and-mouth disease - disease awareness and check at frontiers. Information from Member States in response to fax d5237 of 17 April 2000

Several Member States reported on the measures applied for the purpose of increasing disease awareness for FMD at border inspection posts, airline companies, etc....The Commission said that it would look into the possibility to create a harmonised leaflet for travellers.

7. Information on an official request from Argentina after its recognition from the oie as officially free of foot-and -mouth disease (doc. Sanco/1519/2000)

The Commission distributed a working document containing information provided by the Argentinean authorities concerning its situation as regards foot-and-mouth disease (FMD). Argentina has been recognised from the O.I.E. as officially free from FMD. Subsequent to a request from the Argentinean authorities, the Commission distributed a draft Decision amending Commission Decision 93/402/EEC concerning animal health conditions and veterinary certification for imports of fresh meat from South American countries (Doc. Sanco/1435/2000). The purpose of the proposal was to allow imports of fresh meat with bone from Argentina. The MS did not find technical problems in such a proposal but expressed their disappointment as regards the Argentinean veterinary policy on imports of animal and animal products from the EC.

8. Exchange of views on a request of information from USA on the CSF situation in the Community

The Commission distributed copies of an exchange of letters with US authorities concerning the "proposed rule" on the Recognition of Animal Health Status of Regions in the European Union, including a request from USDA for additional information as regards the classical swine fever situation in the EU. The final rule had not been published yet. It was decided not to oppose to this request, although both the Commission and the Member States expressed their disappointment for the delay in the publication of the "final rule".

9. Information on the meeting of the working group of CVOS of associated countries in relation with long distance transport of live animals

The Commission explained that a working group with CVOs of third countries, which send live animals to the Community, had been held. The purpose was to check on possibilities of setting up a protocol aiming to lay down rules for the protection of animals in transit. A draft Protocol laying down basic requirements for improvement of transport conditions for horses, including an action protocol in cases which animals are found suffering, had been presented and agreed. The protocol has been send to the Ambassadors of the Countries concerned.

The Commission also announced that a specific meeting on animal welfare during transport is scheduled at the end of September in Bratislava in the framework of TAIEX activities. The meeting will constitute the opportunity for evaluate further actions and the results of the ongoing initiatives.

10. Reminder concerning the obligation of Member States in relation to Article 7 (3) of Council Directives 91/629/EC and 91/630/EC laying down minimun standards for respectively the protection of calves and pigs

The Commission reminded the Member States of their obligation to inform the Commission of the results of the inspections carried out during the previous two years in accordance with the above Article. The deadline was 30 April 2000.

11. Information concerning the report of Scientific Committee on Animal Health and Animal Welfare on the welfare of broilers (doc. Sanco.b.3/ah/r15/2000)

The document had already been distributed at the SVC of 10.05.2000. The Commission requested the Member States to forward their questions and remarks on the subject.

12. Information - list of approved staging points based on Article 3 of Council Regulation (EC)1255/97 4 (doc. Sanco/2677/99-rev. 12)

The Commission distributed the updated list of approved staging points.

13. Information - lists of the laboratories approved by the Member States for the importation of equidae coming from Eastern Europe (Dec 93/682/ EC 5 modifying certificate "b" of 93/197/EEC) (doc. Sanco/1436/2000 - rev.2)

The Commission distributed the list of laboratories.

14. Information about a draft agreement on activities carried out by the FAO / EC for the control of foot-and-mouth disease (doc. Sanco/1577/2000)

The Commission distributed the Draft Implementing Agreement on activities carried out by the FAO European Commission for the control of FMD and funded by an EC trust fund. The overall objectives of the project are:

- to prevent or minimise the risk of reintroduction of FMD into Europe;

- to contribute to the strengthening of the measures for prevention of FMD in the EUFMD member countries;

- should the disease be introduced, to eradicate in the shortest delay as possible and with the minimal costs for Europe and for the EU.

The beneficiaries will be the members of the European Commission for the Control of FMD and other countries where the FMD situation creates a direct or indirect threat of introduction of the disease into Europe.

15. Exchange of views and possible opinion of the Committee on a draft Commission Decision on the evolution of animal diseases in the Community and in Third Countries.

The Commission distributed the following proposals:

1. Draft Commission Decision on certain protective measures in respect of infectious salmon anaemia in salmonids in Faeroe Islands (Doc. Sanco/1818/2000)

In the light of the outbreak of ISA and awaiting more detailed information from the competent authorities of the Faeroe Islands, the Commission proposed to take safeguard measures until 01.04.2001 in order to prevent the introduction of ISA in the Community. The proposed measures include a ban on imports of slaughtered salmon, sea trout and rainbow trout, unless eviscerated; and a ban on imports of live fish belonging to the family Salmonidae, as well as eggs and gametes thereof.

Vote: unanimous vote in favour.

2. Draft Commission Decision concerning protection measures relating to Newcastle disease in Italy (Doc. Sanco/1782/2000-Rev.1)

Since the beginning of May 2000 Italy has reported outbreaks of Newcastle disease in different regions of its territory (see also point 1). Italy has taken protective measures to control the disease within the framework of Directive 92/66/EEC 6 , however outbreaks continue to occur mainly in backyard flocks.

As vaccination against Newcastle disease is an effective tool to control the disease it is necessary to reinforce the Italian efforts to avoid further spread of disease by laying down Community measures. The Commission proposed that Italy should prepare and implement a targeted programme for vaccination against Newcastle disease and submit this programme to the Commission before 1 July 2000. Only live poultry or hatching eggs originating from parent flocks, which have been vaccinated under official control may leave Italy for intra-Community trade. This condition has to be included in the accompagnying health certificate.

Vote: unanimous vote in favour.

3. Draft Commission Decision amending Decision 2000/350/EC on epidemiological surveillance of bluetongue in Greece and certain measures to prevent the spread of the disease (Doc. Sanco/1735/2000)

The aim of the proposal was to provide financial compensation for the farmers for the purchase of fodder when they are not in the situation to move, as they are used to do, their animals to summer pastures because of the restrictions to movements provided in Decision 2000/350/EC. No vote was taken.

16. Exchange of views and possible opinion of the Committee on a draft Commission Decision laying down animal health requirements and the veterinary certification for the import of birds other than poultry and the conditions for quarantine (doc. Sanco/1295/2000 - rev.1)

The purpose of the proposal is to establish the specific requirements for quarantine and a model health certificate for the introduction of birds, other than poultry, into the Community from third countries. Furthermore, to prevent the introduction of contagious diseases by these species, the proposal also lays down testing procedures and control measures in the case of positive findings during quarantine.

The proposal was given a technical agreement with the abstention of one Member State and will be submitted to the WTO for comments.

17. Exchange of views and possible opinion of the Committee on a draft Commission Decision laying down animal and public health conditions and veterinary certifications for import of wild and farmed game meat and rabbit meat from Third Countries and repealing Commission Decisions 97/217/EC, 97/218/EC, 97/219/EC and 97/220/EC (doc. Sanco/243/2000 rev 3)

In order to facilitate the consultation and the transparency of the EU legislation and to update the animal and public health conditions and veterinary certification for import of wild and farmed game meat and rabbit meat from third countries, the Commission proposed to repeal the existing Decisions (97/217/EC, 97/218/EC, 97/219/EC and 97/220/EC) and to create a new single Decision.

The vote was postponed.

18. Exchange of views and possible opinion of the Committee on a draft Commission Decision amending for the seventh time Council Directive 82/894/EEC concerning the notification of animal diseases in the Community (doc Sanco/475/2000)

The purpose of the draft Decision is to review and update the Animal Disease Notification System (ADNS) to make it compatible for the year 2000. In addition, the proposal aims to amend certain names of animal diseases, which are subject to notification and modify the information to be given under the notification. The Commission proposed to consolidate the previous amendments by updating and replacing all the annexes accordingly.

The vote was postponed to allow for translation. It appeared from the discussion that the Member States could support the proposal.

19. Exchange of views and possible opinion of the Committee on a draft Commission Decision laying down the codified form and the codes for the notification of animal diseases pursuant to Council Directive 82/894/EEC and repealing Decisions 84/90/EEC and 90/442/EEC (doc Sanco/396/2000)

The purpose of the draft Decision is to update and consolidate the Decisions laying down the codified form and the codes for the animal disease notifications.

The Commission requested the delegations to forward their remarks. The vote was postponed to allow for translation. It appeared from the discussion that the Member States could support the proposal.

20. Exchange of views and possible opinion of the Committee on a draft Commission Decision concerning the animal health conditions and veterinary certification for imports of bees/hives, queens and their attendants from certain Third Countries (doc. Sanco/368/2000-rev.2)

The proposal lays down for the first time harmonised health certification for imports into the Community of bees/hives, queens and their attendants..

Vote: 84 votes in favour; 3 abstentions.

21. Exchange of views and possible opinion of the Committee on a draft Commission Decision amending Decision 1999/766/EC on certain protective measures in respect of infectious salmon anaemia in salmonids in Norway (doc. Sanco/1730/2000)

The measures laid down in Decision 1999/766/EC include a ban on imports into the Community of live fish belonging to the family Salmonidae, as well as eggs and gametes thereof and conditions for the importation of salmon products for human consumption. Norway has reported further outbreaks of ISA and restriction zones including eight different municipalities are in force (see also point 1). The draft Decision aimed to extend the measures of the above Decision until 01.04.2001.

Vote: unanimous vote in favour.

22. Exchange of views and possible opinion of the Committee on a draft Commission Decision for purchase by the Community of bluetongue vaccine for emergency stock (doc. Sanco/1481/2000-rev.1)

It had been decided by Decision 2000/292/EC 7 to set up a bank of 500.000 doses of bluetongue vaccine. As the available vaccine is an attenuated one, scientists have been consulted on the risk of the use of that type of vaccine and the conclusion was that it is not suitable to introduce in an ecosystem serotypes which do not already exist or do not represent a direct threat.

On that base it appeared necessary to set up two different banks. One with vaccine containing the serotypes present in Greece (4, 9, 16) in order to face an emergency situation in this area, the other with a vaccine containing only the serotype 2 in case of invasion from northern Africa.

The purpose of the proposal was to set up those two banks of 500.000 doses each and to repeal Decision 2000/292/EC.

No vote was taken. It appeared from the discussion that, when the draft would be presented for an opinion, two Member States would abstain.

23. Exchange of views and possible opinion of the Committee on a draft Commission Decision amending Decision 2000/284/EC establishing the list of approved semen collection centres for imports of equine semen from Third Countries (doc. Sanco/1319/2000 - rev.2)

The competent authorities of Argentina, Canada and the United States of America have notified the approval in accordance with Directive 92/65/EEC 8 of a number of additional equine semen collection centres. The purpose of the draft Decision was to include these centres in the list established by Decision 2000/284/EC.

Vote: unanimous vote in favour.

24. Exchange of views and possible opinion of the Committee on a draft Commission Decision on financial assistance from the Community for storage in France, Italy and the United Kingdom of antigen for production of foot-and-mouth disease vaccine and amending Commission Decision 2000/112/EC (doc. Sanco/1482/2000)

Postponed.

25. Exchange of views and possible opinion of the Committee on a draft Commission Decision amending for the second time Decisions 1999/466/EC and 1999/467/EC establishing respectively the officially brucellosis-free and tuberculosis-free status of bovine herds of certain Member States or regions of Member States (doc. Sanco/1585/2000-rev.1)

Pending the coming into force of a modification of Annexes A I (4) (b) and A II (7) (b) of Directive 64/432/EEC 9 , it was necessary to prolong the temporary approval of the status of the bovine herds of the regions mentioned in Annexes II of Commission Decisions 1999/466/EC and 1999/467/EC as officially free of bovine brucellosis and tuberculosis respectively. Prolongation of the approval would avoid trade disturbances and maintain a secure situation. The Commission proposed to extend the date until 31.10.2000.

Vote: unanimous vote in favour.

26. Exchange of views and possible opinion of the Committee on a draft Commission Decision concerning financial aid of the Community within the framework of the eradication of avian influenza in Italy in 1999 (doc. Sanco/1589/2000)

In 1999, outbreaks of avian influenza occurred in Italy. The Italian authorities have notified the Commission that they had taken the appropriate measures to eradicate the disease. The last outbreaks were notified in April 2000. The purpose of the proposal was to provide financial assistance to Italy for the eradication of the disease.

Vote: unanimous vote in favour.

27. Exchange of views and possible opinion of the Committee on a draft Commission Decision concerning financial aid of the Community within the framework of the eradication of classical swine fever in Germany in 1997 (doc. Sanco/1586/2000)

The purpose of the proposal was to grant financial assistance for the eradication of classical swine fever in Germany in 1997.

Vote: unanimous vote in favour.

28. Exchange of views and possible opinion of the Committee on a draft Commission Decision amending Commission Decision 97/778/ EC 10 and updating the list of border inspection posts approved for veterinary checks (doc. Sanco/1545/2000)

The purpose of the draft Decision was to update the list of the border inspection posts in the EC. The proposal took account of requests from Germany, the United Kingdom, Austria, Ireland, Finland and Italy to add posts to the list and/or to amend the listing for a number of posts.

Vote: unanimous vote in favour.

The French delegation asked the Commission to take some problems concerning several BIPs in France on board. The Commission replied that all remaining issues would be discussed at the experts meeting to be held on 16.06.2000.

29. Exchange of views on a draft Commission Decision laying down animal and public health conditions and veterinary certificates for imports of farmed ratite meat and amending Commission Decision 96/659/EC on protective measures in relation to crimean congo haemorrhagic fever (doc. Sanco/2947/1999-rev. 6)

The Commission distributed and presented the above proposal for study and observation. The comments from WTO had been received and taken account of in the draft presented.

The animal and public health requirements for the import of farmed ratite meat from third countries to the Community are not yet harmonised and currently based on bilateral agreements between the importing Member State and the exporting third country. The purpose of this Decision is to lay down harmonised animal and public health requirements and the certification for ratite meat and to draw up a list of third countries allowed using these certificates.

30. Exchange of views on a draft Commission Decision amending annex iv to Council Directive 90/539/EEC on animal health conditions governing intra-community trade in, and imports from Third Countries of, poultry and hatching eggs and amending Commission Decision 96/482/EC laying down animal health conditions and veterinary certificates for the importation of poultry and hatching eggs other than ratites and eggs thereof from Third Countries including animal health measures to be applied after such importation (doc. Sanco/1485/2000)

The Commission distributed and presented the above proposal for study and observation.

Experience in trade with live poultry and hatching eggs especially as regards multinational companies has shown that it is necessary to modify the animal health certificate for the intra-Community trade in day-old chicks. The purpose of the draft Decision is to enable Member States to send day-old chicks to another Member State also when they are derived from hatching eggs, which have been imported and to ensure that the period of isolation foreseen for such poultry is carried out in accordance to the provisions of Decision 96/482/EC.

The Member States said to be able to support the proposal if some legal aspects could be clarified.

31. Exchange of views on a draft Commission Decision concerning the animal health conditions and veterinary certification for imports of live animals of bovine and porcine species from certain Third Countries and repealing Commission Decisions 83/494/EEC, 92/460/EEC, 92/463/EEC, 93/491/EEC, 96/650/EC and 98/372/EC (doc. Sanco/233/2000)

The Commission distributed and presented the above proposal for study and observation.

Directive 96/93/EC 11 lays down standards for certification, which are necessary for valid certification and to prevent fraud. It is therefore appropriate to ensure that the rules and principles applied by third-country certifying officers provide guarantees which are at least equivalent to those laid down in this Directive.

In order to clarify and simplify the Community legislation the Commission proposed to group together the health conditions required for imports of domestic animals of the bovine and porcine species from third countries and to repeal the decisions in force for those countries.

The Commission requested the Member States to forward their comments.

32. Exchange of views on a draft Commission Decision amending Commission Decisions 93/42/EEC and 95/109/EC concerning additional guarantees relating to infectious bovine rhinotracheitis for bovines destined for certain parts of the territory of the Community free from the disease and repealing Commission Decision 98/580/EC (doc. Sanco/1477/2000)

The Commission distributed and presented the above proposal for study and observation.

Italy carried out a programme to eradicate infectious bovine rhinotracheitis in the Province of Bolzano for which reason it was granted certain additional guarantees in relation to this region. Italy considered that the Province of Bolzano was now free from infectious bovine rhinotracheitis and had submitted supporting documentation to the Commission.

The purpose of this draft is to propose certain additional guarantees for the Province of Bolzano in Italy to protect the progress made with regard to the eradication of infectious bovine rhinotracheitis by amending Decisions 93/42/EEC and 95/109/EC.

The Commission requested Italy to present the data supporting their request at the next SVC.

33. Miscellaneous

1. The Netherlands said to have problems implementing Decision 2000/68/EC 12 amending Decision 93/623/EEC 13 concerning the health passport for horses for slaughter. The delegate said that NL would be making an official request to postpone the deadline for implementation.

2. The Greek delegation complained about the fact that the ANIMO system was not working well in Greece and appealed to the Commission to try and get the system to work. The delegate said that as long as the system was not working satisfactorily, all consignments of animals from Member States to Greece would be subject to a 48 hours prior warning via fax. The Commission proposed to have a technical bilateral meeting and a constructive tripartite meeting (Greece, Eurocom and Commission) in the margin of an experts group to be held on 27.06.2000. The Greek delegation declared to see no good in such a meeting. The Commission noted the Greek statement.

3. The Commission provided information on Zimbabwe as follows (1) a final update of the situation as regards FMD (Doc. Sanco/1820/2000) and (2) concerning the political situation, in particular in respect of the animal health guarantees.

4. The Commission distributed

- a document from New Zealand containing a risk assessment for poultry as regards Newcastle disease and requested the Member States to provide their remarks. The deadline to reply to New Zealand was 15.07.2000.

- a document entitled "Comments of the EC to the paper of the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service: "Import risk analysis: porcine semen - Draft import risk analysis paper"" (Doc. Sanco/1385/2000-Rev.2)

- the list of proposed eradication and control programmes for 2001 and part I of the eradication programmes.

N.B. The proposals on which the Committee expressed an opinion are subject to a defined procedure in relation to the formal adoption by the Commission.

Mission reports are available on the Internet at the following address:

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1 2000/350/EC: Commission Decision of 2 May 2000 on epidemiological surveillance of bluetongue in Greece and certain measures to prevent the spread of the disease

2 Council Directive 93/53/EEC of 24 June 1993 introducing minimum Community measures for the control of certain fish diseases

3 2000/258/EC: Council Decision of 20 March 2000 designating a specific institute responsible for establishing the criteria necessary for standardising the serological tests to monitor the effectiveness of rabies vaccines

4 Council Regulation (EC) No 1255/97 of 25 June 1997 concerning Community criteria for staging points and amending the route plan referred to in the Annex to Directive 91/628/EEC

5 93/682/EC: Commission Decision of 17 December 1993 amending for the third time Decision 93/197/EEC on animal health conditions and veterinary certification for imports of registered equidae and equidae for breeding and production

6 Council Directive 92/66/EEC of 14 July 1992 introducing Community measures for the control of Newcastle disease

7 2000/292/EC: Commission Decision of 6 April 2000 for purchase by the Community of bluetongue vaccine for emergency stock

8 Council Directive 92/65/EEC of 13 July 1992 laying down animal health requirements governing trade in and imports into the Community of animals, semen, ova and embryos not subject to animal health requirements laid down in specific Community rules referred to in Annex A (I) to Directive 90/425/EEC

9 Council Directive 64/432/EEC of 26 June 1964 on animal health problems affecting intra-Community trade in bovine animals and swine

10 97/778/EC: Commission Decision of 22 July 1997 drawing up a list of border inspection posts (BIPs) agreed for veterinary checks on products and animals from third countries, laying down detailed rules concerning the checks to be carried out by the experts of the Commission and repealing Decision 96/742/EC

11 Council Directive 96/93/EC of 17 December 1996 on the certification of animals and animal products

12 2000/68/EC: Commission Decision of 22 December 1999 amending Commission Decision 93/623/EEC and establishing the identification of equidae for breeding and production

13 93/623/EEC: Commission Decision of 20 October 1993 establishing the identification document (passport) accompanying registered equidae

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