|September 3, 2004,
as reported by just-food.com: The exporting of
live animals and animal products between the EU and Russia
will continue without interruption thanks to the introduction
of uniform veterinary trade certificates. Trade was under
the threat of being discontinued Russia as a measure to
stop the spread of disease.
Russia blocked all such exports on June 1 but had lifted
this ban until October 1 to allow discussions to take
place. The agreement on uniform veterinary trade certificates
makes the October deadline void.
As part of the agreement Russia will implement a set
of uniform veterinary certificates to be used by all
EU Member States exporting to Russia. These new certificates
will be applicable as of October 1 whilst the existing
ones will phase out until the end of the year.
The certificates will be annually reviewed taking into
account the development of the animal disease situation
in the EU and new scientific data.
In addition, Russia has accepted the principle of “regionalization”,
so that an animal disease outbreak in part of one Member
State will not block exports from the whole of that
country nor from the rest of the EU.