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Outcome of the meeting between Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis and Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation Alexander Tkachev

17/11/2017 - 08:28
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On 16 November, in the margins of the WHO Ministerial Conference to end Tuberculosis, the EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis, met with the Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation, Mr Alexander Tkachev.

The topics discussed covered tackling African Swine Fever (ASF), the fight against the Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) and addressing the phytosanitary-related trade issues.

Talking about the ASF, the Commissioner expressed concerns as regards to the recent evolution of the disease in the Russian Federation and the risk it represents to the neighbouring EU countries. He invited the Minister to strengthen cooperation both on technical and political levels.

The Commissioner has also raised the issue of fight against the antimicrobial resistance, one of the main priorities of his mandate. The Commissioner encouraged Russian Federation to engage more actively in the fight against this global health threat, scaling up measures both in human and animal health fields, under a One-Health approach.

"African Swine Fever (ASF), and Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) are areas where concrete, practical cooperation should and must take place as bacteria and disease know no borders", said Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis.

As regards to the trade issues, and notably the WTO case on pork ban, the Commissioner reiterated that the EU expects the Russian Federation to fulfil its WTO obligations.

Commissioner Andriukaitis invited the Russian Federation to engage with the EU in finding solutions to resolve the existing trade irritants. In more general terms, the Commissioner reiterated President Juncker's message that "we should think about improving our relations on both sides".

This is the second time Mr Andriukaitis met Mr Tkachev.

 

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