On September 6th 2018, the High Level Conference "Cross-Border Diseases in Europe, the importance of international cooperation for sustainable animal welfare" took place in Brussels. All EU Member States as well as third countries from Europe and the neighboring countries were invited to the conference, representing 41 countries. On behalf of Romania attended the Minister of Agriculture, Petre Daea and Traian Petcu, Undersecretary of State at the National Sanitary Veterinary and Food Safety Authority.
One of the conclusions drawn from the conference was that cross-border diseases cannot be eradicated without farmers' cooperation. Moreover, the need for international cooperation is manifest, in order to prevent the spread of diseases.
Petre Daea, Minister of Agriculture, intervened and underlined the need to discuss issues related to the existence and manifestation of animal diseases, which do not take into account borders, thus affecting the development of animal breeding. The current mechanisms are costly, consuming financial, human and administrative resources and have a significant economic and social impact. As a way of approach for the future, it is necessary to allocate separate and substantial amounts for research, and Romania is and will be part of the common fight against animal diseases, using our own experience and thorough analysis in interpreting their evolution, to improve working methods so necessary in their eradication.
At this conference, Minister Petre Daea had a meeting with EU commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis and DGSANTE Director General Xavier Prats Monne.
During the meeting was made an analysis of the evolution of the African swine fever in Romania, where the Minister of Agriculture, Petre Daea, presented all the information existing so far in this field.
Commissioner Andriukaitis was very interested in these discussions, stating that, together with the technical experts, he would analyze the evolution of the African swine fever in Romania as well as the measures that can be taken to increase efficacy in fighting and eradication.