Short report of
the meeting (2001/11) held in Brussels on 20 March
President: Mr. Bernard Van
All the Member States were
1. Exchange of views of the Committee on the evolution
of animal diseases in the Community including:
The UK delegation distributed and
presented a detailed report on the epidemiological
situation and on the measures taken. At the time of
reporting, the total number of confirmed outbreaks stood at
259 in Great Britain, one in Northern Ireland. In addition
to the holdings on which disease has been confirmed,
animals on 325 holdings considered to be at risk from FMD
through contacts with an infected holding, have also been
The measures taken in the controlled
area (England and Wales) were further extended without time
- prohibition of the movements of all
FMD susceptible animals and their carcasses in the whole of
England and Wales, except under license. However, movements
of animals of any species direct to abattoirs for slaughter
had been allowed.
- banning the holding of fairs, markets,
shows or other gatherings of animals.
The UK delegation stated explicitly that
the disposal of the animals was a major problem due to
shortage of staff and requested the Member States to supply
veterinary staff to help.
The Commission presented the report of
an inspection mission carried out in the UK from 12/03
until 16/03/2001. The objective of the mission was to
assess the situation in relation to the outbreaks of FMD
and the organisation of the measures taken by the competent
authority. The Commission's representative presented the
The French delegation distributed and
presented a report on the epidemiological situation, the
measures taken as regards "at risk animals" and movement
Since 21 February 2001, France has
traced susceptible animals coming from the UK. These
investigations revealed that 23 first destination holdings
had received ovines. From these 23 holdings, 36 other farms
in France had received animals. A number of other holdings
had received, via the Netherlands, ovines from UK-origin.
In total, ovines originating in the UK were delivered in 25
départements. France explained the measures taken in
all these holdings with 'risk animals'.
The results of the analyses and
investigations carried out. To date, only one outbreak had
been confirmed. This outbreak had already been declared at
the last SVC.
The French delegate presented the
movement control measures taken in the
départements in which positive serology was obtained
from animals of UK origin, as well as the measures taken in
the rest of the country.
2. Information from the Member States on the
The Netherlands reported a suspected
case of FMD. On 15 March, a veterinarian had reported
clinical symptoms on a goat farm. Investigations were not
yet finalised. The Dutch delegation stated that, pending
definitive results, a total standstill for live susceptible
animals from the whole of the Netherlands would be
installed. As of 21 March, no slaughtering of animals would
be allowed out until results of investigations were
The other Member States reported on the
results of the tracing, investigations and sampling carried
3. Information concerning the foot-and-mouth disease
situation in Argentina
At the last SVC, the Committee has given
a favourable opinion to a draft Decision suspending imports
of fresh meat from FMD susceptible species originating in
Argentine as from 14 March until 15 April 2001. The
Commission considered, however, that the consignments
underway, produced and certified before 14 March 2001,
represent a negligible risk and could therefore be allowed
to be imported (see point 4).
4. 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
In the light of the information given
under point 3, the Commission introduced a proposal in
relation to the draft Decision on which the SVC has given a
favourable opinion at its previous meeting, but which had
not yet been formally adopted by the Commission.
The purpose of the proposal was to
suspend imports of fresh meat from Argentina as from 14
March 2001, as agreed upon at the SVC of 13 March, but to
authorise imports of de-boned fresh meat and offal produced
and certified on or before 13 March 2001.
The majority of Member States could not
agree to this approach, considering the lack of clarity in
the information provided by the Argentinean authorities,
and asked the vote to be postponed.
5. Exchange of views and possible opinion of the
Committee on a draft Commission Decision amending
Decision 2001/208/EC concerning certain protection
measures with regards to foot-and-mouth disease in France
As no new cases of FMD appeared in
France after the first outbreak, the Commission
- that fresh meat can be transported
from the 'départements' of Mayenne and Orne to meat
processing plants in other parts of France under strict
veterinary supervision for the appropriate treatment aimed
at killing the FMD virus;
- to extend Decision 2001/208/EC until 4
In addition, provided no new case of FMD
appeared in France until 28 March 2001, all tests and
examinations on suspected animals being negative, it was
- to apply to all the 'départements' of
France, with the exception of the "départements' Mayenne
and Orne, the same rules as for the other Member
- to prohibit the dispatch of live
animals susceptible to FMD from the 'départements' of
Mayenne and Orne.
Vote: unanimous vote in favour.
However, as a new case of FMD was confirmed in France
on March 23, these latter provisions have not entered
6. Exchange of views and possible opinion of the
Committee on a draft Commission Decision amending for the
third time Decision 2001/172/EC concerning certain
protection measures with regard to foot-and-mouth disease
in the United Kingdom (Doc. SANCO/1217/2001)
The Commission proposed to allow the
transport of pigs, sheep, cows and goats in all Member
States except the United Kingdom, provided that:
- the animals are transported directly
or through an approved assembly centre from the farm to the
slaughterhouse, , for immediate slaughter; subject to
authorization by the competent authorities at the place of
departure and destination
- the animals are transported to another
holding, subject to authorization by the competent
authorities at the place of departure and
- that during transport, animals do not
come into contact with animals from another holding, unless
they are transported for slaughter.
In addition it was decided to extend
Decision 2001/172/EC until 4 April 2001.
Vote: 72 votes in favour; 15 abstentions.
7. Exchange of views and possible opinion of the
Committee on a draft Commission Decision laying down
animal health conditions and veterinary certification for
imports of live ratites and hatching eggs thereof from
third countries including animal health measures to be
applied after such importation (Doc. SANCO/3650/2000
The draft presented was the result of
discussions held in an ad hoc working group. The proposal
aims to lay down the import and certification requirements
for imports, from third countries, of live ratites and
hatching eggs thereof into the Community. The draft
Decision also lays down the list of third countries or
parts of third countries from which these exports are
allowed into the EU.
The SVC reached a technical agreement by
unanimity. The draft Decision was to be forwarded to the
WTO for comments.
8. Exchange of views and possible opinion of the
committee on a modification draft of Commission Decision
92/486/EEC modified by Commission Decision 2000/288/EC
(collaboration between the host centre ANIMO and the
Member States) (Doc. SANCO/1134/2001)
The Commission explained that the ANIMO
network architecture should be reviewed and that a new call
for tenders for the European host centre is being prepared.
Pending finalisation of these procedures, the Commission
proposed to extend the contractual arrangements between
Member States and the European host server for a further
year. The Member States, however, were very reluctant to a
further extension and requested to reflect on the
The vote was postponed.
1. Germany asked about the state of
affairs concerning certain corrections to be made in
certain certificates (letter of 01/2001) and in Decision
2. Belgium wanted to know which action
the Commission has taken to promote the awareness of tour
operators as regards FMD.
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.
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