EU and Russia to discuss ASF export ban

The head of Russia’s veterinary watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor, Sergey Dankvert, and the CEO of the European Commission’s (EC) Directorate-General for Health and Consumer Protection, Paola Testori Koji, will meet in Madrid tomorrow (March 14) to discuss the possibility of resuming exports of pork and pork products from the EU to Russia and other countries of the Customs Union.

Exports were suspended in January following the discovery of African swine fever in the wild boar populations of both Lithuania and Poland.

The two officials will also discuss the outcome of talks held last week between EC and Russian experts in the diagnosis, prevention and control of African swine fever.

The same meeting saw regionalisation conditions for the EU being discussed. Russia is adamant that it will only allow regionalisation in the EU in connection with the registration of outbreaks of African swine fever in wild boar populations if the principle of regionalisation is also extended to Russia.

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