Short report of
the meeting (2000/33) held in Brussels on 30 November
President: Mrs. Paola Testori
All the Member States were
1. Information and exchange of views in relation to
the BSE situation in the Community.
The Commission asked Spain and Germany
to clarify the recent BSE cases identified in their
countries, and to indicate the measures taken in relation
to the original herds and the disposal of
Spain confirmed a BSE case of a cow born in 1995 and
said that all herds on the farm of origin were killed, and
descendants slaughtered. But as the cow concerned had never
been to other farms, there was no need to slaughter animals
from other farms.
Germany also confirmed that on 26 November 2000
voluntary testing identified a BSE case of a 4-year-old
cow. All herds (66 animals) were killed on 27 November and
the meat and by-products of animals slaughtered on the same
day were put on hold. Prior to that, Portugal had reported
on 23 November that an animal born in Germany had BSE.
Germany was still checking this information.
2. Exchange of views and possible opinion of the
Committee on a draft Commission Decision approving the
programmes for the monitoring for BSE presented for 2001
by the Member States and fixing the level of the
community's financial contribution (doc.
The initial draft Decision aimed to
individually approve the programmes for the monitoring of
BSE qualifying for a financial contribution from the
Community for 2001. The programmes qualifying for a
financial contribution were listed in Decision
. The proposal also fixed the level and
the upper limit of the contribution.
Following recent developments of the BSE
situation, the Community has exceptionally agreed upon a
revised testing programme. This programme, as laid down in
Commission Decision 2000/764/EC
, foresees two testing phases. The first
phase targets all cattle aged over 30 months subject to
emergency slaughter or displaying clinical signs at
slaughter as well as a random sample from dead-on-farm
cattle, while the second phase should include also all
bovine animals over 30 months of age subject to normal
slaughter for human consumption.
The Commission proposed to financially
support the tests of the first phase as laid down in
Decision 2000/764/EC and increase the amounts laid down in
Decision 2000/639/EC as to compensate the costs incurred in
the Member States for the purchase of test-kits and
reagents. The financial participation of the Community
could be reviewed for the second phase, subsequent to the
evaluation of the outcome of phase 1.
Vote: 69 votes in favour; 8 votes against; 10
The Commission made the following
"Compte tenu des délais extrêmement courts pour
répartir les populations des bovins à risques à tester
faisant l'objet du financement, la Commission s'engage à
revoir, dès que possible, la répartition de l'enveloppe
financière allouée entre les Etats Membres au plus tard
au 1er juillet 2001, à la lumière des rapports fournis
tous les 2 mois par les Etats Membres."
3. Exchange of views and possible opinion of the
Committee on a draft Commission Decision concerning the
B.S.E. situation in the Member States
The Commission introduced the following
1. Draft Commission Decision 2000/418/EC regulating
the use of material presenting risks as regards
transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (Doc.
The objective of the proposal was to
extend the list of specified risk materials in all Member
States to the entire intestine of bovine animals of all
ages. In addition, bovine intestines were added to the list
of products to which Decision 2000/418/EC will be applied
as of 1 April 2001. The draft Decision is based on the
recommendation of the Scientific Steering Committee that
the entire bovine intestine should be considered as a
specified risk material, regardless the age of the animal,
in all cases where the exposure of the animal to the BSE
agent is not negligible.
Vote: 66 votes in favour; 13 votes against; 8
2. Draft Commission Decision concerning certain
protection measures with regard to transmissible
spongiform encephalopathies and the feeding of animal
protein (Doc. Sanco/4137/2000-Rev.1)
The purpose of the proposal was to
temporarily prohibit the use of animal protein in feed,
pending a total re-evaluation of the implementation of
Community legislation in Member States.
The Commission explained the background
to the draft Decision. The new BSE cases of animals born
after 1995 are an indication that controls were not
observed strictly. This is confirmed by FVO reports, which
indicate failure in some MS in implementing rules on meat
and bone meal. An opinion of the SSC of 27-28 November 2000
recommended that a temporary ban of animal proteins in
animal feed should be considered to avoid risk of
cross-contamination of cattle feed with feed destined to
other animals and which contains animal proteins possibly
contaminated by BSE agent. Such a ban would also harmonise
the different unilateral measures being introduced by some
Vote: 54 votes in favour; 22 votes against; 11
The proposal was not supported by a
qualified majority in favour and was therefore to be
submitted to the Council.
No issues raised.
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
2000/639/EC: Commission Decision of 13
October 2000 on the list of programmes for the monitoring of
BSE qualifying for a financial contribution from the
Community in 2001
2000/764/EC: Commission Decision of 29
November 2000 on the testing of bovine animals for the
presence of bovine spongiform encephalopathy and amending
Decision 98/272/EC on epidemio-surveillance for transmissible
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