AGRICULTURE : 193 MILLION EURO TO COMBAT ANIMAL DISEASES IN 2007.
The European Commission has decided to release a credit of 193.3 million to help eradicate and monitor animal diseases in the Union in 2007. Priority will be given to preventing diseases having an impact on public health, in particular transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE), brucellosis, rabies, salmonellosis and tuberculosis.
Some 150 programmes covering more than 15 diseases will be part-financed by the EU. The Commission, which has to adopt them before 15 October, took into consideration in its evaluation the results of inspection missions carried out by the EU Food and Veterinary Office. Community participation will amount to 50% for each programme. Tests to monitor TSE will be funded in full by the EU, however. An amount of 89.4 million is earmarked for this measure. France will receive an allocation of 24.8 million. The other main beneficiaries will be Germany (11.3 million), Spain (10.2 million), the United Kingdom (6.7 million), Ireland (6.7 million), the Netherlands (5.1 million), Italy (3.3 million) and Belgium (2 million). A credit of 33.7 million will be made available to 20 member states for programmes for the eradication of scrapie (slaughter and genotypic analysis): the United Kingdom will get 9.1 million, France 8.8 million, Spain 5.3 million, Italy 3 million, Cyprus 2.2 million and Greece 1.3 million.
The Commission took on board the results of EU Food and Veterinary Office inspection missions.
Lastly, 5.4 million will be spent on programmes to monitor BSE. The biggest portions will go to Ireland (800,000), Greece (750,000), the Czech Republic (750,000), Spain (713,000), Germany (500,000), the United Kingdom (347,000), Poland (328,000), Portugal (305,000) and Slovakia (250,000).
The other three priority programmes concern rabies (11.9 million), caprine and ovine brucellosis (11.5 million) and salmonellosis (9.1 million). For the rabies programme, funds will be distributed to the new east European member states and to Germany and Finland. For brucellosis, the allocations will mainly benefit Spain (5 million), Italy (4 million) and Portugal (1.6 million), and for salmonellosis, credits will be distributed primarily to Poland (2 million), Spain (2 million), the Netherlands (1.3 million), France (875,000), Belgium (660,000) and Portugal (450,000).
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|Date:||Oct 12, 2006|
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