Answer given by Mr Borg on behalf of the Commission
1. The EU is currently funding an eradication programme against rabies in 13 Member States, some of them covering also activities in neighbouring third countries, where rabies is considered a high risk. Romania is one of those Member States.
The co-funded measures approving this programme are the purchase of oral vaccine baits and their aerial distribution in order to vaccinate foxes against rabies and the testing of samples taken from wild animals collected on the field in order to monitor the immunisation of foxes.
2. The total amount earmarked for these programmes in Romania for the period 2011 — 2013 is 6.5 million euro.
3. A budget of 5.5 million euro has been earmarked by the Commission for the implementation of an oral vaccination campaign against rabies in foxes for the year 2014. The programme for 2014 foresees 2 vaccination campaigns — one in spring and one in autumn. The budget for the subsequent years will depend on the programmes that will be submitted by Romania and on the proper implementation of the 2013 and 2014 programmes.
The Food and Veterinary Office of the Commission’s Health and Consumers Directorate General ensures the control of the technical implementation of such programmes. In addition, financial on-the-spot controls are carried out.
4. The EU contribution for the rabies eradication programme is limited to the reimbursement of costs for the purchase and aerial distribution of the vaccine used in the campaigns, based on invoices.
5 and 6. EU contribution is paid only on the basis of the invoices for the purchase and aerial distribution of the vaccines against rabies.