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Standing Group of Experts on African swine fever
in the Baltic and Eastern Europe region

under the GF-TADs umbrella


Presentation / objectives

A new initiative called Standing Group of Experts on African swine fever in the Baltic and Eastern Europe region (hereafter referred as ‘SGE ASF ’) was set up under the GF-TADs umbrella to build up a closer cooperation among countries affected by African swine fever (ASF) and thereby, address the disease in a more collaborative and harmonised manner across the Baltic and Eastern Europe sub-region.

The Standing Group of Experts on African swine fever in the Baltic and Eastern Europe region is a unique opportunity to engage affected countries into a fruitful regional dialogue and increased transparency. The GF-TADs offers the ideal framework to discuss common / harmonized mitigation measures based on scientific and technical grounds only.


- countries: BY - EE - LT - LV - PL - RF - UA

- organisations: EC - OIE - FAO

Secretariat: OIE sub-regional Representation in Brussels (


Meetings of the SGE ASF

Kick-off meeting

SGE ASF1 (Minsk, December 2014)
SGE ASF2 (Tallinn, February 2015)
SGE ASF3 (Russia, March 2016)
SGE ASF4 (Paris, 24 May 2016)
SGE ASF5 (Lisbon, 19 September 2016)
SGE ASF6 (Vilnius, 28-29 November 2016)
SGE ASF7 (Paris, 23 May 2017)
SGE ASF8 (Chisinau, Moldova, 20-21 September 2017) NEW

SGE ASF Country Reports

Belarus -
English - Russian
Estonia - English - Russian
Latvia - English - Russian
Lithuania - English - Russian
Moldova - English - Russian
Poland - English - Russian
Russia - English - Russian
Ukraine - English - Russian


Link to the ASF resources page (e-depository) - includes ASF Awareness Material NEW


Kick-off meeting (Bern, Switzerland - September 21 2014)


First meeting (SGE ASF1, Minsk, Belarus - December 1- 2 2014)

The SGE1 focused on ASF management in Wild Boars

- OIE – CIC Joint International Meeting on early detection and prevention of African Swine Fever and other animal health issues at the wildlife-livestock-human interface, Paris, July 2014 (Nadège Leboucq, OIE)

--> link to the ppt and recommentations of the OIE-CIC meeting

- The interface between wild boar and extensive pig production (Sergei Khomenko)
- Wild boar management in relation to ASF (Vittorio Guberti)
- Belarus ASF situation in wild boars
- Estonia ASF situation in wild boars
- Latvia ASF situation in wild boars
- Lithuania ASF situation in wild boars
- Poland ASF situation in wild boars
- Russia ASF situation in wild boars
- Ukraine ASF situation in wild boars

Second meeting (SGE ASF2, Tallinn, Estonia - 11-12 February 2015)

The SGE ASF2 focussed on BIOSECURITY in pig production systems (including backyard) as a ASF control measure

- Presentation of expert - Biosecurity with a focus on large scale production systems (Konstantine Gruzdev) (RU)
- Presentation of expert - Biosecurity with a focus on small scale production systems (Silvia Bellini) (EN)
- Belarus presentation on biosecurty measures (RU)
- Estonia presentation on biosecurty measures (EN)
- Latvia presentation on biosecurty measures (EN)
- Lithuania presentation on biosecurty measures (EN)
- Poland presentation on biosecurty measures (EN)
- Russia presentation on biosecurty measures (EN)
- Ukraine presentation on biosecurty measures (RU)
- FAO presentation on biosecurity (EN)

Third meeting (SGE ASF3, Moscow, Russia, 15-16 March 2016)

The main purpose of the SGE ASF3 meeting was to present and discuss the findings of the SGE ASF missions conducted from March to October 2015 by independent experts

  • Presentations of the SGE3:

- Setting the scene (N. Leboucq)
- Regional needs and gaps in domestic pigs (S. Bellini)
- Regional needs and gap in wild boar (V. Guberti)

Country mission - PPTs :

Fourth meeting (SGE ASF4, Paris, France, 24 May 2016)

The SGE ASF4 took place on 24 May 2016 in Paris, in the margins of the 84th OIE General Session. It was a short meeting (1,5 hour).

The main purpose of the SGE4 meeting was to discuss any new development with regards to ASF epidemiology in the region as well as to hear from the countries the state of play of their control efforts carried out since the SGE ASF3.

As per the SGE ASF3 recommendations, Moldova and Romania joined the initiative together with the other seven participating countries.

Countries must continue all efforts to implement the recommendations of the SGE ASF1, SGE ASF2 and SGE ASF3.

Fifth meeting (SGE ASF5, Lisbon, Portugal, 19 September 2016)

The SGE ASF5 took place on 19 September 2016 in Lisbon, in the margins of the 27th Conference of the OIE regional Comission for Europe. It was a short meeting (1,5 hour). All countries attended - except Belarus - and presented the evolution of their epidemiological situation since May 2016 as well as their control measures in place. Moldova and Romania, who joined the initiative in May 2016, also presented their preventive measures. The presentations are available below.

The next meeting (SGE ASF6) is scheduled in Vilnius / Lithuania on 28-29 November 2016.

Country Presentations :

Sixth meeting (SGE ASF6, Vilnius, Lithuania, 28-29 November 2016)

The SGE ASF6 took place on 28-29 November 2016 in Vilnius, Lithuania. All countries attended - except Russia - and presented the evolution of their epidemiological situation since September 2016, the state of implementation of the SGE ASF previous meetings recommendations, as well as their control measures in place. Technical presentations, focusing on ‘depopulation/stamping out procedures as a prevention and control measure; practical aspects related to carcass disposal and disinfection of holdings', were made by three reknown experts, namely J. Westergaard, V. Guberti and K. Gruzdev. All presentations are available below.

List of participants

Country Presentations :

Expert Presentations :
Stamping out (J. Westergaard)
Disinfection (K. Gruzdev)
Hunting Biosecurity and depopulation (V. Guberti)

Seventh meeting (SGE ASF7, Paris, France, 23 May 2017 NEW

Representatives of the European Commission (EC), the FAO and the OIE, together with the national delegates of 8 participating countries attended the SGE LSD4 (only Belarus was absent), at Maison de la Chimie, from 12:30 to 14pm on 23 May 2017. The meeting was also attended by numerous delegates of observer countries in Europe, following an open invitation from the GF-TADs chair, Dr B. Van Goethem.

The main objectives of the SGE ASF7 meeting were for the SGE ASF countries to provide updates on (i) their epidemiological ASF situation; and (ii) preventive and control measures put in place since the SGE ASF6.

The chair of the SGE ASF insisted on the need to implement several of the past SGE ASF Recommendations in view of the summer peak of ASF. A selection of the most important recommendations in that specific context were shared with the participants and are available here. Dr Van Goethem called for increased vigilance in countries (RO, HU, SL, CZ) neighbouring infected countries.

The need to exchange country existing awareness campaign / sensitisation material on African Swine Fever, whether targeting public at large (including transporters), hunters and/or farmers was also underlined. Material collected is available in the ASF Depository (will be regularly updated as material is provided).

Eighth meeting (SGE ASF8, Chisinau, Moldova, 20-21 September 2017) NEW

The SGE ASF8 took place on 20-21 September 2017 in Chisinau, Moldova. All SGE ASF Member countries attended as well as nive Observer countries, at the invitation of Dr B. Van Goethem, President of the GF-TADs for Europe. Presentations focused on countries' situation since the SGE ASF7 (Paris, May 2017), with a special attention brought to the situation in Romania and the Czech Republic, newly infected. Technical presentations addressed ‘ASF risk communication', and 'laboratory diagnostics and capability' and were made by reknown experts, namely Mrs S. Kerba (WHO Communication expert), and A. Igolkin (ARRIAH/Russia).

  • Technical presentations made during the SGE ASF8:

- Risk Communication
- Laboratory diagnostics and capability (A. Igolkin)
- GF-TADs Handbook on hunting biosecurity and carcass disposal - first outlines (V. Guberti)

Country mission reports:

Belarus: Russian
Czech Republic: English (general); English (lab)
Estonia: English
Latvia: English
Lithuania: English
Moldova: Russian
Poland: English (general); English (lab)
Romania: English
Russia: Russian
Ukraine: Russian

Austria: English