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Commission approves €188 million to fight animal diseases in 2005

Commission Européenne - IP/04/1236   15/10/2004

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IP/04/1236

Brussels, 15 October 2004

Commission approves €188 million to fight animal diseases in 2005

The European Commission has approved a financial package to fight animal diseases in the EU. The EU budget for 2005 will tackle transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSE) and a range of other animal diseases that impact on animal and human health. A total of €188 million will be available and overall funding has been increased by €41 million since 2004, reflecting the high level of importance attached to disease eradication measures for the protection of both animal and public health.

David Byrne, Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection, said: "We are dedicating increased resources in 2005 to fight animal diseases. Healthy animals are the key to safe food. Today’s decision reflects our on-going commitment to supporting pro-active monitoring, preventative action, and disease eradication.”

TSE monitoring and eradication programmes

€ 98,100,000 will be made available from the EU budget for the monitoring of BSE. All cattle for human consumption older than 30 months, all dead-on-farm cattle and emergency slaughtered cattle over 24 months and all suspect animals independent of their age have to be tested for BSE. The EU co-finances testing for BSE and BSE eradication programmes across Europe.

Scrapie eradication measures are in place, requiring the culling and genotyping of animals in infected flocks. Breeding programmes have also been established for TSE resistance in sheep. This year, €32,775,000 is being dedicated to scrapie eradication programmes.

The new financial package has been decided following the submission by Member States of their monitoring and eradication programmes for 2005. The programmes have been evaluated by the Commission and the Commission has adopted the maximum possible EU financial contribution. The distribution of programme funding across the Member States can be found in Annex I.

Animal disease eradication programmes

Each year the Commission adopts a list of programmes for the eradication and monitoring of animal diseases and for the control of zoonoses (diseases like salmonella that are transmissible between animals and humans, particularly through food), which qualify for a financial contribution from the EU. For the year 2005, 82 programmes have been submitted to tackle 10 major animal diseases. The total EU contribution to these programmes is €55,085,000.

Within this budget, diseases that might be transmitted to humans are prioritised. €34,775,000 will be spent on the eradication of brucellosis, which causes Malta disease in humans (€13,975,000 on sheep and goats brucellosis and €20,800,000 on bovine brucellosis).

Bovine tuberculosis is also known to be transmissible to humans, so significant sums will also be used to combat the remaining cases of this disease (€12,555,000). €4,080,000 will be spent to fight rabies, a highly fatal viral infection of the nervous system.

In addition to the programmes for the eradication and monitoring of animal diseases, programmes of checks aimed at the prevention of zoonoses are included in the list. A financial contribution of €2,280,000 to control salmonella in 8 Member States has been approved.

The complete list of diseases, Member States and EU financial contribution adopted by the Commission can be found in Annex II.

Annex I.1




List of programmes for the monitoring of TSEs

Rate and maximum amount of the Community financial contribution

Member State
Maximum amount
Austria
Belgium
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Hungary
Ireland
Italy
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Malta
Netherlands
Portugal
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
United Kingdom
1 920 000
3 550 000
85 000
1 700 000
2 375 000
290 000
1 160 000
24 045 000
15 020 000
585 000
1 085 000
6 170 000
6 660 000
835 000
145 000
35 000
4 270 000
1 135 000
435 000
4 780 000
305 000
5 570 000
TOTAL
82 155 000

Annex I.2




List of programmes for the eradication of BSE

Maximum amount of the Community financial contribution

Member State
Maximum amount
Austria
Belgium
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Ireland
Italy
Luxembourg
Netherlands
Portugal
Slovak Republic
Slovenia
Spain
United Kingdom
10 000
250 000
25 000
2 500 000
200 000
25 000
25 000
500 000
875 000
150 000
4 000 000
205 000
150 000
450 000
975 000
25 000
25 000
1 320 000
4 235 000
Total
15 945 000

Annex I.3




List of programmes for the eradication of scrapie

Maximum amount of the Community financial contribution

Member State
Maximum amount
Austria
Belgium
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Hungary
Ireland
Italy
Latvia
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Netherlands
Portugal
Slovak Republic
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
United Kingdom
10 000
105 000
5 565 000
20 000
5 000
10 000
5 000
1 300 000
2 275 000
1 555 000
5 000
800 000
2 485 000
5 000
5 000
35 000
575 000
695 000
340 000
65 000
9 525 000
10 000
7 380 000
Total
32 775 000

Annex II.1



List of programmes for the eradication and monitoring of animal diseases

- Proposed rate and amount of the Community financial contribution -

Disease
Member State
Prop. amount (EUR)
Aujeszkys disease
Belgium
Spain
Hungary
Ireland
Portugal
Slovak Republic
300 000
250 000
50 000
50 000
25 000
25 000
Bluetongue
Spain
France
Italy
25 000
50 000
400 000
Bovine brucellosis
Cyprus
Greece
Spain
Ireland
Italy
Poland
Portugal
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
100 000
100 000
5 000 000
5 000 000
3 000 000
800 000
1 800 000
5 000 000
Bovine tuberculosis
Cyprus
Greece
Spain
Ireland
Italy
Poland
Portugal
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
5 000
100 000
4 000 000
3 000 000
2 500 000
700 000
250 000
2 000 000
Classical swine fever
Belgium
Czech Republic
Germany
France
Luxembourg
Slovenia
Slovak Republic
15 000
100 000
800 000
150 000
100 000
10 000
200 000
Enzootic bovine leucosis
Estonia
Italy
Lithuania
Latvia
Portugal
25 000
250 000
200 000
100 000
200 000
Ovine and caprine brucellosis (B melitensis)
Cyprus
Greece
Spain
France
Italy
Portugal
175 000
800 000
6 500 000
300 000
4 500 000
1 700 000
Poseidom[1]
France
150 000
Rabies
Austria
Czech Republic
Germany
Finland
Lithuania
Poland
Slovenia
Slovak Republic
180 000
400 000
400 000
100 000
900 000
1 500 000
200 000
400 000
Swine vesicular disease
Italy
200 000
TOTAL

55 085 000

Annexe II.2





List of programmes of checks aimed at the prevention of zoonoses

- Proposed rate and amount of the Community financial contribution -

Zoonosis
Member State
Proposed Amount
[EUR]
Salmonella
Austria
Belgium
Denmark
France
Ireland
Italy
Netherlands
Slovak Republic
70 000
400 000
110 000
600 000
50 000
600 000
350 000
100 000
TOTAL

2 280 000


[1] Heartwater, babesiosis and anaplasmosis transmitted by vector insects in the French overseas departments.


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