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07.12.2014

GF-TADs for Europe

 

Presentation / objectives

The Global Framework for the Progressive Control of Transboundary Animal Diseases (GF-TADs), launched in 2004 ( >>View the 2004 GF-TADs Agreement) is a joint initiative of OIE and FAO to achieve the prevention and control of transboundary animal diseases ( TADs ) and in particular to address their regional and global dimensions. The initiative is built on experiences in the past showing that progress in controlling TADs at country level is not likely to be successful and sustainable unless the efforts are part of a coordinated regional approach / embedded into supra-national frameworks.

The GF-TADs for Europe - the regional branch of the GF-TADs for the European region according to the OIE delineation -, was established in 2005 with a view to responding to increasingly frequent regional crises, in particular HPAI but also FMD, CSF, rabies, etc. It encourages the creation of regional alliances and partnerships and the definition of a common vision and subsequent action plans for the control of priority TADs in the region.

The GF-TADs for Europe governance is composed of a Regional Steering Committee supported by a Secretariat. The Regional Steering Committee acts as a regional stakeholder platform, involving the leading regional technical organizations, OIE Regional Commission, FAO Regional Representation, country representatives, regional and international donors. The Secretariat is provided by the OIE sub-regional Representation in Brussels. The GF-TADs for Europe operates under the overall guidance and supervision of the GF-TADs Global Steering Committee and Management Committee.

The Terms of Reference of the Regional Steering Committee and Regional Secretariat of the GF-TADs for Europe were endorsed in 2010 and revised in 2013 during the RSC5.

 

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Meetings of the GF-TADs for Europe Steering Committee

Fifth meeting of the Regional Steering Committee of the GF-TADs for Europe (RSC5, Brussels, AFSCA, 8-9 October 2013):

 Agenda
• Final recommendations: Recommendation 1 on the Governance Mechanisms of GF-TADs for Europe; Recommendation 2 on Enhancing prevention and control of priority diseases in Europe
• Implementation of the RSC4 recommendations: Recommendation 1; Recommendation 2
• Revised Terms of Reference of the Steering Committee and Secretariat (validated by the Global Steering Committee of the GF-TADs, October 201)
• Revised 5 year Action Plan (2012-2016) of the GF-TADs for Europe

• PPT presentations :
Session 1 : Update of the ToRs
Session 2 : Presentation of the GSC5 meeting outcomes
Session 3 :
- Overview of the epidemiological situation in Europe (priority diseases)
- Update on the CMC-AH and the EU Emergency Veterinary Team
Session 4 :
- ASF Report from Russia
- ASF Report from FAO
- ASF-CSF Report from TAIEX (Seminar in Vilnius, sept 2013)
- FAO-OIE FMD Global Strategy – implementation status
- EuFMD report
- 5th FMD-PCP West Eurasia Roadmap meeting (Baku, April 2013)
- Rabies report from Ukraine
- Rabies Report from Serbia
- EC Rabies projects – progress report
- The OIE-FAO PPR Global Strategy
- New OIE Code chapter on PPR
- EC PPR Project in Turkey – progress report
- REMESA report on PPR
- EC CSF projects – progress report
- New OIE Code chapter on CSF
- Brucellosis Report from FAO
- Report on the OIE PVS Pathway
- OIE PVS tool in the EU – Belgium

  Fourth meeting of the Regional Steering Committee of the GF-TADs for Europe (RSC4, Brussels, AFSCA, 26-27 January 2012) :
The 4th meeting of the GF-TADs for Europe took place on January 26-27 2012, in the premises of AFSCA in Brussels/Belgium. The meeting was chaired by the President of the GF-TADs for Europe, Dr B. Van Goethem and attended by 50 participants including the Director General of OIE, Dr B. Vallat.
The objectives of the meeting were to (i) review the epidemiological situation in the Region as well as the prevention and control measures put in place with regards to regional priority diseases, and also to emerging diseases (Schmallenberg) and (ii) discuss the draft 5 year Action Plan of the GF-TADs for Europe, as recommended during the previous meeting of the Regional Steering Committee (see Recommendation #1 of the RSC3).
The recommendations of the meeting are provided below.

(photo credit: M. Klemm)
List of participants
Agenda
Recommendation n°1 on Governance mechanisms of the GF-TADs for Europe
Recommendation n°2 on Enhancing prevention and control of priority diseases in Europe
The GF-TADs for Europe 5-year Action Plan

More about the GF-TADs 2012-2016 Action Plan

  Third meeting of the Regional Steering Committeeof the GF-TADs for Europe (RSC3, Brussels, EC, 24-25 February 2010) :
Report
List of participants
Agenda
Recommendation n°1 : Governance Mechanisms of GF-TADs for Europe
Recommendation n°2 : Enhancing prevention and control of priority diseases in Europe
Presentations

  Second meeting of the Regional Steering Committee of the GF-TADs for Europe (RSC2, Paris, OIE Headquarters, 18 December 2007) :
Report (including list of participants and recommendations)
Agenda
Recommendation 1 : Support to Regional Animal Health Activities under the regional GF-TADs Mechanism
Recommendation 2 : Support to the Control of African swine fever and Classical swine fever under the Regional GF-TADs Mechanism

  First meeting of the Regional Steering Committee of the GF-TADs for Europe (RSC1, Paris, OIE Headquarters, 13-14 October 2005) :
The meeting of the 1st Regional Steering Committee of GF-TADs for Europe was the third of the five regional meetings scheduled to take place under the GF-TADs launching programme. The first two meetings were held in Asia and the Americas in March and April 2005 respectively. The meetings for the Middle East and Africa were held in 2006.
The roles, membership, duties and responsibilities, objectives of the GF-TADs Regional Steering Committee of Europe, as well as examples of activities (AI, rabies, FMD, diagnostic laboratories), are described in the report.
Report
List of participants
Agenda
Recommendation 1 : Support of Member Countries of the OIE Regional Commission for Europe to the projects identified under the FAO/OIE GF-TADs
Recommendation 2 : The role of wildlife in the spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza
Recommendation 3: Prevention, control and eradication of rabies in Europe
Recommendation 4: Collaboration between existing networks on activities related to animal health

Other meetings under the GF-TADs framework

Coordination meeting in Western Balkan Countries under the mechanism of GF-TADs for Europe (Sofia, Bulgaria, 11 May 2010) :Full Report