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Further development of Competent Authorities’ control systems to protect the human, animal and plant health, (MK 12 IB AG 01)
Deadline: Mar 22, 2016  

 Animal Health and Welfare
 Food Safety
 Health Care

Overall Objective(s):

The overall objective of the project is to further develop the systems in the country to protect the human, animal and plant health, to increase the competitiveness and sustainability of domestic products of animal and non-animal origin and to promote their placing on the market into EU and other international markets, as well.

Project purpose:

The purpose of this project is to provide additional assistance to the Food and Veterinary Agency in order to complete and consolidate an EU-compliant food and feed safety and animal health control systems, allowing a stable-to-table coherent approach and also further strengthening of the capacity of Phytosanitary system.

Contribution to National Development Plan/Cooperation agreement/Association Agreement/Action Plan

The project will address the following Accession partnership priorities: Continuous alignment of legislation on veterinary and phytosanitary policy, focusing on framework

legislation compatible with the EU acquis; Further alignment of the animal disease and animal health control systems with EU legislative and institutional requirements and the contingency plans for notifiable diseases; Further development and upgrading the national authorities responsible for plant health and plant protection, including seed and propagation for proper implementation of legislation; Further alignment of the phytosanitary legislation with the acquis.

The project will contribute towards the implementation of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement Article 100 on gradual harmonisation of veterinary and phytosanitary legislation with Community standards.

The Multi-annual Indicative Planning Document (MIPD) 2011-2013 in the description of the sector Agriculture and Rural Development stipulates that: “An important factor for the modernization of the agricultural sector is its gradual alignment to the EU acquis and the relevant standards in the food safety, veterinary and phyto-sanitary field”. Furthermore, the overall sector objective for EU support over next three years is to contribute to the sustainable development of the agricultural sector as well as the implementation of EU standards and acquis concerning the common agricultural policy and related policy areas like food safety, veterinary and phyto-sanitary issues, including adapting to climate change.

National Programme for Adoption of the Acquis (NPAA) revision 2015-2017 in Chapter 12 Food safety, Veterinary and Phytosanitary Policy, General principles, stated that further improvement in the FVA transparency in the area of sanitary and phytosanitary measures, establishing of operational and functional techniques to improve cooperation between relevant sectors is envisaged. Competent authorities will continuously transpose the new EU Acquis in the area of the veterinary policy, especially in the food and feed safety area and also in the area of Plant protection products, plant health, phytosanitary measures/ISPM standards.

Further strengthening of the administrative capacities of the FVA has been achieved with the IPA 2009 project (currently in the final stage of implementation) regarding the preparedness for accreditation of the inspection services of the FVA according ISO 17020.Also a support has been given in the following areas:

  • The food and veterinary and phytosanitary administration with regard to organizational structure, management, coordination and staff capacity to be capable of executing food safety control and surveillance in line with EU standards;

  • Some of the sector specific guidelines operating procedures and manuals have been prepared,

  • The risk analysis system in line with EC regulation 178/2002,

  • Methodology for data collection and evaluation of the data,

  • Functional information modules compatible with the current IT system in the FVA with

    emphasis on human resources management and integrated administrative work, as well

    as and upgraded platforms for food control and consumer protection,

  • Increased capacity for surveillance and monitoring of harmful organisms and plant

protection products.

Under implementation is also the Twinning contract- Institutional strengthening of the capacities of Competent Authorities for implementation of the acquis for food safety, veterinary and phytosanitary policy (MK/10/IB/AG/01). With this project the following results will be realized:

  • Monitoring/surveillance programmes regarding food safety and animal health developed based on previous sector analysis and effectively implemented;

  • Strengthening of the capacities for control of animal diseases in the country;

  • Introducing bio-security measures;

  • Implementation of standards in primary production for food of animal origin;

  • Strengthening of the phytosanitary border inspection control;

  • Strengthening the capacities for plant health and control of plant protection products;

  • Establishment of a Phytosanitary Information system.

    Link with national/ sectoral investment plans

    • -  National Food Safety Strategy 2013-2018;

    • -  Monitoring Programme for Food Safety;

    • -  Phytosanitary Monitoring Programme- Monitoring Programme for quality of plant

      protection products and residues from plant protection products in the primary

      agricultural products;

    • -  Action Plan for Improvement of Quality of Raw Milk.

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