|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
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
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.