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Capacity building activities of the OIE Regional Representation for Eastern Europe : 13 th national seminar conducted in Moldova

The OIE Regional Representation for Eastern Europe pursues its capacity building mission within the “Dialogue and common activities between OIE Member Countries of the EU (European Union) and the other OIE Member Countries of the Regional Commission for Europe” with the conclusion of an information seminar on animal health and veterinary services held in Chisinau, Moldova on April 16, 17th 2007.

The seminar organised in strong cooperation with the European Commission (EC) and EC -TAIEX (the Technical Assistance and Information Exchange Instrument of the Institution Building unit of Directorate-General Enlargement of the European Commission) mainly looked into informing on animal health institutions and standard setting activities.

It gave an overview of EC directives and legislation and OIE standards and guidelines from the Terrestrial Animal Health Code and the Aquatic Animal Health Code . The need for a common OIE/EC strategy in the field of veterinary qualification, implementation of OIE standards and veterinary legislation throughout Europe was unanimously supported.

Special attention was paid to the OIE Fourth Strategic Plan for 2006-2010 , the new World Animal Health Information System (WAHIS) and to the relevant ways of collaboration between the OIE and the EU within the OIE Regional Commission and Representations for Europe .

The capacity building programme aims at reaching out to the highest policy-making spheres for improving national veterinary services and animal disease control policies. Seminars are therefore designed to directly involve national veterinary services, stakeholders and government officials in their works.

Representatives of national Veterinary Service, private sector, veterinary bodies and organizations, stakeholders and researchers constituted the 105 participants of the event. A welcome address on behalf of the government was delivered by Mr Anatolie Gorodenko, Minister of Agriculture and Food Industry of Moldova.

The programme destined to OIE Member Countries of Europe is part of the OIE's IVth Strategic Plan approved in May 2005 and has so far applied to 13 countries. Five additional seminars will take place from June to October of this year in Russia , Belarus , Ukraine , Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan .

The programme is planned for completion in 2008.