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IP/05/1505

Brussels, 30 November 2005

Commission approves €185 million to fight animal diseases in 2006

The European Commission has approved a financial package of €185 million to support programmes to eradicate, control and monitor animal diseases in 2006.The 129 programmes which were approved for EU funding will tackle animal diseases that impact both human and animal health. The large EU contribution towards these programmes reflects the high level of importance attached to disease eradication measures, for the protection of both animal and public health.

Markos Kyprianou, Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection, said: "We are dedicating important resources in 2006 to fight animal diseases. Healthy animals are the key to safe food. Today’s decision reflects our on-going commitment to supporting disease eradication, preventative action, and pro-active monitoring.”

Each year the Commission approves programmes for the eradication and monitoring of animal diseases, for the control of zoonoses such as salmonella, and for the monitoring and eradication of TSEs. These approved programmes receive financial contributions from the EU.

Animal disease eradication programmes

For the year 2006, 63 programmes to eradicate 10 major animal diseases were submitted to the Commission, of which 49 have been approved for Community financial support. The total EU contribution to these programmes is €49,730,000.

Within this budget, diseases that might be transmitted to humans are prioritised. Some €26,670,000 will be spent on the eradication of brucellosis, which causes Malta fever in humans (€14,910,000 on bovine brucellosis and €11,760,000 on sheep and goat brucellosis). Another €8,215,000 will be spent on fighting rabies, a highly fatal viral infection of the nervous system. Bovine tuberculosis is also known to be transmissible to humans, so significant sums (€7,905,000) will also be used to combat the remaining cases of this disease.

Zoonoses control programmes

A financial contribution of €4,463,000 to control zoonotic salmonella in poultry in 12 Member States has been approved. Funding has been doubled for these programmes since 2005, reflecting the high level of importance attached to the control of this disease in animal populations.

BSE/TSE monitoring and eradication programmes

For the monitoring of TSEs, the Commission has agreed to make € 88,305,000 available from the EU budget. That includes financial support from the Community for rapid tests to be carried out for the detection of TSE in cattle, sheep and goats and discriminatory tests to exclude BSE in small ruminants. For BSE eradication programmes across Europe, the EU will give €8,710,000 in co-funding.

Compulsory 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, €34,138,000 is being dedicated to the approved scrapie eradication programmes.The complete list of approved programmes and EU financial contribution adopted by the Commission can be found in the annexes.

Annex I

Approved programmes for the eradication and monitoring of animal diseases

Rate and maximum amount of the Community financial contribution

Disease
Member State or Acceding Member State
Rate
Maximum amount (EUR)
Aujeszkys disease
Belgium
Spain
50%
50%
160.000
100.000
Bluetongue
Spain
France
Italy
Portugal
50%
50%
50%
50%
2.200.000
150.000
1.000.000
1.250.000
Bovine brucellosis
Cyprus
Greece
Spain
Ireland
Italy
Poland
Portugal
United Kingdom[1]
50%
50%
50%
50%
50%
50%
50%
50%
300.000
300.000
6.000.000
1.750.000
2.600.000
260.000
1.800.000
1.900.000
Bovine tuberculosis
Estonia
Spain
Italy
Poland
Portugal
50%
50%
50%
50%
50%
65.000
5.000.000
1.800.000
800.000
240.000
Classical swine fever
Czech Republic
Germany
France
Luxembourg
Slovenia
Slovak Republic
50%
50%
50%
50%
50%
50%
35.000
600.000
400.000
15.000
25.000
400.000
Enzootic bovine leucosis
Estonia
Italy
Lithuania
Latvia
Portugal
50%
50%
50%
50%
50%
5.000
200.000
100.000
50.000
100.000
Ovine and caprine brucellosis (B melitensis)
Cyprus
Greece
Spain
France
Italy
Portugal
50%
50%
50%
50%
50%
50%
310.000
600.000
6.500.000
150.000
3.200.000
1.000.000
Poseidom[2]
France[3]
50%
100.000
Rabies
Austria
Czech Republic
Germany
Estonia
France
Finland
Lithuania
Latvia
Poland
Slovenia
Slovak Republic
50%
50%
50%
50%
50%
50%
50%
50%
50%
50%
50%
180.000
390.000
750.000
990.000
105.000
100.000
600.000
650.000
3.750.000
300.000
400.000
African swine fever/Classical swine fever
Italy
50%
50.000
TOTAL


49.730.000

Annex II

Approved programmes of checks aimed at the prevention of zoonoses (Article 2(1))

Rate and maximum amount of the Community financial contribution

Zoonosis
Member State or Acceding Member State
Rate
Maximum Amount
(EUR)
Salmonella
Austria
Belgium
Cyprus
Denmark
Germany
France
Ireland
Italy
Latvia
Netherlands
Portugal
Slovak Republic
50%
50%
50%
50%
50%
50%
50%
50%
50%
50%
50%
50%
72.000
650.000
69.000
155.000
900.000
315.000
75.000
675.000
73.000
759.000
488.000
232.000
TOTAL


4.463.000

Annex III.1

Approved programmes for the monitoring of TSEs

Rate and maximum amount of the Community financial contribution

Disease
Member State
Rate rapid tests & discriminatory tests performed
Maximum amount
(in EUR)
TSEs
Belgium
Czech Republic
Denmark
Germany
Estonia
Greece
Spain
France
Ireland
Italy
Cyprus
Latvia
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Hungary
Malta
Netherlands
Austria
Poland
Portugal
Slovenia
Slovakia
Finland
Sweden
United Kingdom
100 %
100 %
100 %
100 %
100 %
100 %
100 %
100 %
100 %
100 %
100 %
100 %
100 %
100 %
100 %
100 %
100 %
100 %
100 %
100 %
100 %
100 %
100 %
100 %
100 %
3.155.000
1.485.000
2.115.000
13.940.000
225.000
545.000
8.305.000
24.395.000
5.035.000
7.345.000
280.000
340.000
700.000
135.000
915.000
25.000
4.375.000
1.755.000
3.430.000
1.605.000
390.000
665.000
935.000
285.000
5.925.000
Total
88.305.000

Annex III.2

Approved programmes for the eradication of BSE

Rate and maximum amount of the Community financial contribution

Disease
Member State
Rate
Maximum amount
(in EUR)
BSE
Belgium
Czech Republic
Denmark
Germany
Estonia
Greece
Spain
France
Ireland
Italy
Cyprus
Luxembourg
Netherlands
Austria
Poland
Portugal
Slovenia
Slovakia
Finland
United Kingdom
50 % culling
50 % culling
50 % culling
50 % culling
50 % culling
50 % culling
50 % culling
50 % culling
50 % culling
50 % culling
50 % culling
50 % culling
50 % culling
50 % culling
50 % culling
50 % culling
50 % culling
50 % culling
50 % culling
50 % culling
150.000
750.000
100.000
875.000
15.000
15.000
1.000.000
300.000
2.800.000
200.000
15.000
100.000
60.000
15.000
985.000
685.000
25.000
65.000
25.000
530.000
Total
8.710.000

Annex III.3

Approved programmes for the eradication of scrapie

Rate and maximum amount of the Community financial contribution

Disease
Member State
Rate
Maximum amount
(in EUR)
Scrapie
Belgium
Czech Republic
Denmark
Germany
Estonia
Greece
Spain
France
Ireland
Italy
Cyprus
Latvia
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Hungary
Netherlands
Austria
Portugal
Slovenia
Slovakia
Finland
Sweden
United Kingdom
50 % culling; 100% genotyping
50 % culling; 100% genotyping
50 % culling; 100% genotyping
50 % culling; 100% genotyping
50 % culling; 100% genotyping
50 % culling; 100% genotyping
50 % culling; 100% genotyping
50 % culling; 100% genotyping
50 % culling; 100% genotyping
50 % culling; 100% genotyping
50 % culling; 100% genotyping
50 % culling; 100% genotyping
50 % culling; 100% genotyping
50 % culling; 100% genotyping
50 % culling; 100% genotyping
50 % culling; 100% genotyping
50 % culling; 100% genotyping
50 % culling; 100% genotyping
50 % culling; 100% genotyping
50 % culling; 100% genotyping
50 % culling; 100% genotyping
50 % culling; 100% genotyping
50 % culling; 100% genotyping
100.000
105.000
5.000
1.105.000
6.000
1.060.000
12.790.000
4.690.000
705.000
530.000
5.215.000
10.000
5.000
35.000
50.000
685.000
15.000
865.000
160.000
250.000
6.000
6.000
5.740.000
Total
34.138.000


[1] United Kingdom only as regards Northern Ireland
[2] Heartwater, babesiosis and anaplasmosis transmitted by vector insects in the French overseas departments.
[3] France only as regards Guadeloupe, Martinique and Réunion


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