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Veterinary Affairs

Veterinary public health

In veterinary public health the Slovenian Presidency will focus on the completion of procedures to adopt measures in stock-farming aimed at prohibiting the use of certain substances having hormonal and thyrostatic action, and beta-agonists. Another important issue during the Slovenian Presidency will be the continuation of work on adopting a proposed Regulation which will improve the current Community procedures for the establishment of maximum residue limits of pharmacologically active substances in foodstuffs of animal origin so as to avoid their introduction into the food chain and, consequently, to maintain a higher level of consumer health protection.


Animal health

As regards animal health, the Slovenian Presidency will endeavour to enforce a simplified and more transparent system for publishing information in the veterinary and zoo-technical field. Moreover, the Slovenian Presidency will aim to simplify and improve health rules applicable to animal by-products. In addition, the Slovenian Presidency will continue to work on the Common Animal Health Strategy 2007–2013, which is to be used as a guide for political decision making on how to maintain a high level of animal health in the EU. Furthermore, the Slovenian Presidency will continue to work towards adopting strategic goals in setting priorities for the control of diseases, financing of programmes and improving bio-safety in trade in animals and animal products. These objectives will serve as a basis for drawing up an Action Plan.



The Slovenian Presidency will also initiate discussion on modifying and improving legislation on feed labelling in order to resolve as many open issues as possible.


International Affairs

As regards international veterinary agreements, on 1 January 2007 Slovenia assumed the chair of the Council Working Party of Veterinary Experts – Potsdam Group, when dealing with certain bilateral veterinary agreements. As a consequence, Slovenia has been chairing the group in the field of bilateral veterinary agreements with Canada and the Faroe Islands. On 1 January 2008 Slovenia also assumed the  chair of  the group with regard to veterinary agreements and trade with Korea, India, countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China.

The Slovenian Presidency will also coordinate preparations for the regular annual General Assembly of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE – Office International des Épizooties).


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Date: 06.01.2008