Delegation of the European Union to Georgia

09/17/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/17/2018 05:27

28th Conference of the OIE Regional Commission for Europe held in Tbilisi with EU Support

From 17 to 21 September National Food Agency will host the 28th Conference of the OIE Regional Commission for Europe. 120 representatives of OIE 53 member countries and international organizations will participate in the event.

According to Mr Levan Davitashvili, Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture, 'Georgia closely cooperates with OIE. It is the first time Georgia to host such a representative conference. This fact corroborates the progress made by our Country in animal health protection. Measures implemented by the State including animal vaccination, development of infrastructure and implementation of international standards facilitates to the development of trade relations with our trade partner countries.'

Presentations and discussions at the 28th Conference among others include analysis of animal health situation (PPR, rabies, lumpy skin diseases), future regional priorities and sustainability of the work, development in OIE Reference Laboratories and Collaborating Centers, biosecurity, antimicrobial resistance strategy, animal welfare, and PVS tool for Europe.

The recommendations adopted during the 28th Conference will be presented to the World Assembly of Delegates of the OIE in May 2019 for endorsement. Endorsed recommendations provide an important guideline for the fifty-three Members of the OIE Regional Commission for Europe as well as for the overall Organization.

The 28th Conference of the OIE Regional Commission for Europe is organized with the support of EU-funded Comprehensive Institutional Building (CIB) programme and FAO Project 'Establishment of a National Animal Identification and Traceability System (NAITS)' in Georgia.

EU-funded Comprehensive Institutional Building (CIB) Porgramme support to the National Food Agency (NFA) in the field of veterinary consists of support in organizational development, capacity strengthening and equipment of state veterinarians, and legislative approximation as part of the commitments included under the EU-Georgia Association Agreement and its Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA).

For further information, please, contact:

Nino Tsitsishvili, Public Relations Officer, EU-funded CIB Programme

[email protected]