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Parliamentary questions
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11 April 2019
P-001310/2019(ASW)
Answer given by Vice-President Katainen on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: P-001310/2019

Since the detection of African swine fever (ASF) in the EU, the EU has defined a specific Strategic approach(1) for ASF, which provides for clear advice on minimum biosecurity requirements for different categories of pig farms.

It is up to the Member State’s authorities, in partnership with stakeholders, to implement such biosecurity measures. Proper biosecurity measures are indispensable to control the disease in the EU. The global ASF spread since 2014 is summarised online(2), including a summary of the EU ASF outbreaks for the current year(3).

The EU legislation(4) lays down rules on co-financing of veterinary Programmes for the control and eradication and of outbreaks-related Emergency measures against ASF and certain other animal diseases.

These rules specify eligible costs for EU funding such as compensation to owners for the value of their animals slaughtered or culled, and for the value of their destroyed products.

The eligibility criteria for costs are further elaborated in relevant guidelines available to the competent authorities(5)(6)(7). The total allocation to Member States for ASF for the 2013-2018 period is EUR 95.5 million (48.2 million for veterinary programmes and 47.3 million for emergency measures).

Members States have the possibility to adapt their rural development programmes to deliver on investments and infrastructures needed to handle ASF situations with the support of European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).

As regard ASF vaccination, funding specific research has been included in the working programme.

(1)https://ec.europa.eu/food/sites/food/files/animals/docs/ad_control-measures_asf_wrk-doc-sante-2015-7113.pdf
(2)https://ec.europa.eu/food/sites/food/files/animals/docs/ad_control-measures_asf_anim_asf-endim-spread-since-2014.mp4
(3)https://ec.europa.eu/food/sites/food/files/animals/docs/ad_adns_outbreaks-per-disease.pdf
(4)Regulation (EU) No 652/2014 (OJ L 189, 27.6.2014, p. 1‐32)
(5)https://ec.europa.eu/food/sites/food/files/safety/docs/cff_animal_vet-progs_ms_guidelines_rev4.pdf
(6)https://ec.europa.eu/food/sites/food/files/safety/docs/cff_animal_vet-progs_guidance_progs_erad_2019-2020.pdf
(7)https://ec.europa.eu/food/sites/food/files/safety/docs/cff_animal_emergency-measures_grant-application-guidelines.pdf

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