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Parliamentary questions
13 June 2018
P-002345/2018
Answer given by Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the Commission

The Commission is fully aware that some non-EU countries do not recognise regionalisation control measures as implemented in the EU when outbreaks of important animal diseases occur in the EU. The Commission continues to explain and promote the EU control regionalisation measures at several fora and meetings illustrating the robustness of the measure to allow that safe trade can continue to take place.

Indeed this principle of regionalisation is clearly reflected in the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (or SPSA)(1) and in the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) Terrestrial Animal Health Code(2). All WTO members should recognise regionalisation measures as implemented by the exporting country according to Article 6 of SPSA. The Commission systematically includes an article on the recognition of regionalisation measures in all Trade Agreements when negotiated with other trading partners.

The Commission constantly raises this important topic in bilateral contacts and dedicates resources to organise seminars on regionalisation in particular to trading partners that do not recognise the regionalisation measures applied in the EU. It is in the full interest of sanitary matters and to facilitate trade that the Commission promotes its animal health strategy which has proven its effectiveness over many years.

(1)https://www.wto.org/english/tratop_e/sps_e/spsagr_e.htm
(2)https://www.oie.int/doc/ged/D10905.PDF

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