EU earmarks 250 million euro to combat animal diseases.
package worth over 250 million euro to support programmes to eradicate,
control and monitor animal diseases in 2011. The financial package was endorsed here Tuesday during a meeting of the
EU's Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health, the European
Commission said in a statement.
The 138 annual or multi-annual programmes, which have been selected for EU
funding, will tackle animal diseases that impact both human and animal health. Within this budget, diseases that might be transmitted to humans have been
prioritised. Significant sums will be spent on the eradication of brucellosis,
tuberculosis and rabies. EU Member States will also continue to carry out surveillance for avian
influenza in poultry and wild birds in 2011 with financial assistance of 3.6
mn euro towards laboratory testing and wild birds sampling costs.
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