Since 2005, Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) has spread to areas across the world including Asia, Europe and Africa, becoming endemic in some countries. The coordinated global response will take several years to bring the situation under control.
Contagious animal diseases including African swine fever, classical swine fever, rabies and peste des petits ruminants threaten neighbouring countries to the EU. The short-term aim is to prevent their spread and prepare against new outbreaks.
The EU seconds experts to work with the national authorities of the countries concerned and international donors for the establishment of contingency plans. It organises training missions and laboratory workshops to improve the capacity of officials from non-EU countries to control contagious animal disease.