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Tuesday, 02 July 2013 15:00

Negotiations with Ladislav Miko, Deputy Head of General for the Food Chain, Directorate-General for Health and Consumers of the European Commission

Telephone negotiations between Sergey Dankvert, Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor, and Ladislav Miko, Deputy Head of General for the Food Chain, Directorate-General for Health and Consumers, European Commission (DG SANCO), at his request took place today on July 2, 2013. They discussed the ban on export of potatoes and planting materials of all types (including seed potatoes) from the EU to the Russian Federation that had put in force from July 1, 2013. (For reference, previously the Rosselkhoznadzor informed the European Commission by letters that such measure would be put in force from June 1, 2013. That date was postponed to July 1, 2013. However, despite this and so far phytosanitary danger-posing potatoes and planting materials have continued to be exported to Russia.) Also, preliminary results of inspections carried out in Germany, Lithuania, Greece and France in May-June, 2013 were discussed.

Mr. Miko stated that the European Commission was taking all corrective measures that were possible within the European legislative framework aimed at the improvement of the situation and lifting the above-mentioned ban in the nearest future. Therewith, he verbally presented pathways of the problem solution to the Russian party that were as follows. In the nearest future the European Commission will forward draft text of the Memorandum of Understanding developed in accordance with the EU legislation to the Rosselkhoznadzor.  Said document will be prepared by the European Commission jointly with the EU Member States and will contain all measures required for resolving current situation. Moreover, according to the said Memorandum provisions the EU Commission will act as a coordinator of the interactions between the Russian Federation and EU Member States. The Rosselkhoznadzor is waiting for the official written address of the European party and is ready to consider submitted draft document in accordance with the established procedure.

Therewith, Sergey Dankvert addressed the issue was of utmost concern i.e. export of chilled meat products, finished dairy products by the EU establishments that had not been approved for export of such products to the CU member countries to the Russian Federation.  He has stressed that current practice of granting approval to the meat processing establishments to export their products based on the guarantees of the Veterinary Services of the concerned EU Member State will be reviewed due to failure of the system for tracing raw materials and meat products within the territory of the European Union that resulted in unreliable certification of finished products exported to the Russian Federation. These were supported by the evidence found by the Russian experts during last inspections carried out in the EU Member States. 

Source: Rosselkhoznadzor