The countries of Central and Eastern Europe need to jointly fight the spread of African swine fever (ASF), in this context it is advisable to introduce a format for regular multilateral international consultations.
This was stated by the chairman of the State Service of Ukraine for Food Safety and Consumer Protection Volodymyr Lapa, the press service of the department.
According to him, the spread of the ASF virus is relevant for the countries of Eastern and Central Europe, so the desire to deepen cooperation is relevant and timely.
"We periodically hold meetings and consultations with colleagues from Romania, Poland, Moldova, the Baltic countries. However, this is more a bilateral meeting. In our opinion, it would be useful to develop a format for multilateral meetings involving all countries interested in solving this problem, " says Volodymyr Lapa.
Such meetings, according to him, should be held with a periodicity of a month and a half.
Thus, during the meeting with representatives of the State Consumer Protection Service of Ukraine, the Hungarian party expressed interest in forging closer cooperation between the competent authorities of both countries with a view to minimizing the impact of this disease on the economies of countries.
"We are ready to exchange information, working out and ideas in order to get positive results of solving this problem," says Laszlo Chaba Pap, deputy head of the mission of the Hungarian Embassy in Ukraine.
Thus, it was agreed in the near future to organize negotiations between the specialists of the State Service of Ukraine for Food Safety and Consumer Protection and the competent authority of Hungary with the involvement of representatives of the Main Directorate of the State Service of Ukraine for Food Safety and Consumer Protection in the Zakarpattia region, during which the parties will analyze the situation with the ASF on the border of the Zakarpattia region of Ukraine and Hungary. They will be able to determine joint actions for resolving the most pressing problem issues.
It bears reminding that the State Service of Ukraine for Food Safety and Consumer Protection improves the order of compensation for losses for the animals withdrawn because of ASF.