The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the Russian government signed an agreement on 7 March 2013, launching a new OIE representation based in the capital city of Moscow.
Representing the Russian Federation, agriculture minister Nikolai Fyodorov stressed the country’s commitment to support OIE’s activities in the region. He stressed the indispensable role of OIE in updating animal disease prevention and control methods, ensuring safe international trade in animals and products of animal origin and good veterinary governance.
Under the direction of Dr Kazimieras Lukauskas, the expert accredited for OIE TVS Pathway missions, the office will be, among others, in charge of supporting the quality of national veterinary services and information on animal disease situation in the region. It will also facilitate the conduct of PVS Pathway evaluation and gap analysis missions, as well as capacity building seminars for OIE national focal points and delegates of countries in the region.
Speaking at the Russian Academy of Agricultural Sciences OIE director-general Dr Bernard Vallat, who signed the agreement with Minister Fyodorov, said: “Europe is a very important region; this office is a new base of action for the spread of OIE activities in the region and for fulfilling our mandate: improving animal health and welfare and good governance of veterinary services worldwide.