Veterinary Equivalency Agreement

20. prosince 2020 | Vít Zemčík | Nezařazené | Sdílet na Facebooku

Council decision (1997/345/EC) of 17 February 1997 on the conclusion of a protocol on veterinary issues complementing the agreement in the form of an exchange of letters between the European Economic Community and the Principality of Andorra 2001 /127/CE Regulation (EC) No 1/2001 of the EC-Faroe Islands Joint Committee of 31 January 2001 on the provisions for the application of the Protocol on Veterinary Issues complementing the agreement between the European Community and the Government of Denmark and the National Government of the Faroe Islands, other part This protocol maintains the traditional exchanges of live animals and animal products between Andorra and the European Union. Decision No. 1/2006 of the Joint Management Committee of 9 November 2006 amending the annexes i, iii bis, iii ter and xi of Annex IV of the agreement The text of the general agreement and other background information are available on the EFTA website. Specific information on veterinary issues and food safety is contained in Appendix 1. The equivalency agreement allows for the varying of veterinary inspection requirements from one country to another and guarantees the United States the right to set a proper level of public health protection for imported and domestic products. To date, the EU has also entered into veterinary equivalency agreements with Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Chile. Negotiations are ongoing with Mercosur (Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay). As part of the Comprehensive and Extended Partnership Agreement (CEPA), the EU and the Republic of Armenia have agreed to 13 harmonised certificates for exports from EU countries to Armenia. The agreement identifies specific areas in which the two trading partners recognize that different requirements of different nations can achieve an equivalent level of protection for human and animal health. In practice, this means that producers in one country wishing to export to another country can comply with the import country`s standards by other means, in addition to meeting their own domestic requirements. The agreement will help reduce compliance costs for producers, reducing one of the factors that could unnecessarily affect exports.

Since 1999, a veterinary agreement has been reached between the EU and Canada on health measures to protect public and animal health in the trade in live animals and animal products. This agreement was suspended on 21 September 2017, while the provisions and achievements of the agreement were transposed into the Comprehensive Economic Agreement (CETA), which came into force on an interim basis on that date. The agreement also provides for a regular consultation and exchange of information, with a view to achieving the full equivalence of control systems for all live animals and animal products between the United States and the EU.

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