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Regional Core Group of the OIE Regional Commission for Europe
to support OIE activities

 

Presentation / objectives

During the 27th Conference of the OIE regional Commission for Europe (Lisbon, Portugal – September 2016), OIE Member Countries fully supported the ‘revitalisation' of the Task-Force of the OIE regional Commission for Europe — it was initially established by the previous Bureau of the OIE Regional Commission in Europe, following discussions held during the 25th Conference of the OIE regional Commission for Europe (Fleesensee, Germany – September 2012); however, with the several changes of the Members of the Bureau, the dynamic of the Task-Force had faded out progressively —.

The Task Force was renamed 'Regional Core Group' to mirror a similar initiative in Asia.

The Regional Core Group mainly aims to improve regional participation in the OIE standard setting process for selected chapters of particular interest to the region, and propose their adoption on behalf of the 53 OIE Member Countries of Europe during the OIE World Assemblies of Delegates. The enlarged mandate of the Regional Core Group, as agreed in Lisbon, now also includes the preparation, implementation and monitoring of a regional strategic plan for Europe, in compliance with the OIE 6th Strategic Plan.

The Regional Core Group operates under the OIE Bureau of the OIE regional Commission for Europe and its President, Dr Maris Balodis from Latvia, and comprises in total 9 Members (Latvia, Austria, Serbia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan, Georgia, Spain, Swiss and UK), the 2 European Members of the OIE Council (Germany and Russia), 1 Observer (European Commission) and the three OIE OFfices in Europe (Moscow, Brussels and Astana). The OIE sub-regional Representation based in Brussels ensures the Secretariat of the Task-Force.

This group of dedicated persons is ready to act on behalf of the 53 countries of Europe, with the overall objective to improve the countries' participation in OIE activities in the region.

RCG Terms of Reference (as adopted in May 2017)
Regional Work Plan Framework 2017-2020 (as adopted in May 2017)

 

First Regional Core Groupmeeting (RCG1 - Belgrade / Serbia, 20-21 December 2016)

The first meeting of the Regional Core Group (RCG1) was held in Belgrade / Serbia on 20 and 21 December 2016.

The objectives of this first meeting were to discuss: (i) the Regional Core Group modus operandi; (ii) the development of a regional Strategic Plan for Europe; and (iii) the list of OIE Code Chapters that could possibly be discussed on behalf of the 53 Member Countries of Europe, in view of the OIE 85th General Session (May 2017).

General documents:
RCG1 Agenda
RCG1 List of participants
RCG1 Report (English - Russian)

Presentations:
OIE Process for Election of Specialist Commissions
EuFMD Work Plan
GF-TADs for Europe
Global GF-TADs
OIE Platform on Animal Welfare for Europe
Draft Regional Strategic Plan

Teleconference of the Regional Core Groupmeeting (23 February 2017)

A teleconference of the Regional Core GRoup was organized on 23 February 2017. The main objective was to discuss the new process for selection of experts of OIE Specialist Commissions, and voice the position of Europe at the next meeting of the OIE Council end of February, using as porte-paroles the Members of the OIE Council who at the same time seat in the Regional Core Group (namely Dr Nepoklonov and Dr Schwabenbauer).

Deelgates of Latvia, Austria, Serbia, Georgia, Spain, Swiss and UK attended the TC as well as Delgate of Germany (Member of the OIE Council) and the three OIE OFfices in Europe (Moscow, Brussels and Astana).

Second Regional Core Group meeting (RCG2 - Riga / Latvia, 18-19 avril 2017)

The second meeting of the Regional Core Group (RCG2) was held in Riga / Latvia on 18 and 19 April 2017.

The main objective of this second meeting was to prepare for the meeting of the Regional Commission ofr Europe to be held during the 85th OIE General Session, and more specifically to:
(i) further discuss the Regional Core Group Terms of Reference and the regional Work Plan Framework for Europe; and
(ii) discuss the content of the OIE Code Chapters selected to during the RCG1 (see above) and prepare some common positions to be voiced during the OIE 85th General Session on behalf of the 53 countries of Europe;
(iii) select a list of possible Technical Items for the 28th Confernece of the Regional Commission for Europe (September 2018) and 87th OIE General Session (May 2019);
(iv) discuss financial and human resources' needs and gaps to implement the regional Work Plan Framework for Europe;
(v) discuss the renovation of the OIE Regional Website.

General documents:
RCG2 Agenda
RCG2 Report (includes the list of participants in the RCG2)

Presentations:
Renovation of the OIE Regional Website for Europe
Global and regional funding aspects
Selection of Technical Items (proposed list)

After the RCG2 meeting, the Terms of Reference and the regional Work Plan Framework for Europe, as well as the list of selected Items for the 28th Conference of the Regional Commission for Europe and 87th OIE General Session were circulated to all 53 Member Countries of Europe for comments.
The 3 documents were translated in Russian thank to the in-kind support of Latvia.

Third Regional Core Group meeting (RCG3 - Paris / France, 21 May 2017)

A short meeting of the Regional Core Group (RCG3) was held on 21 May 2017, to prepare for the OIE 85th General Session. On the occasion,

- the common positions/Speaking Notes, on behalf of the 53 Member Countries of Europe, were agreed on the 9 selected OIE Chapters proposed for adoption to the World Assembly of Delegates;
- The 'speakers' (Delegates) to take the floor on behalf of the 53 Member Countries of Europe at the time of the adotpion of the OIE Chapters were selected;
- three Technical Items for both the 28th Conference of the Regional Commission for Europe and the 87th OIE GEenral Sessions were agreed (to be proposed for discussion during the meeting of the REgional Commission for Europe on the next day)

 

Fourth Regional Core Group meeting (RCG4 - Vienna / Austria, 20-21 December 2017)

The fourth meeting of the Regional Core Group (RCG4) was held in Vienna / Austria on 20 and 21 December 2017.

The main objective of the RCG4 meeting was to get an overview of the OIE programme of activity for 2018 and see how this will support the implementation of the Regional Work Plan Framework of the OIE regional Commission for Europe. Additionally the RCG4 agenda included several informative sessions on regional activities and OIE Council meetings, and an important discussion session for the preliminary selection of the OIE Code and Manual Chapters under revision that could be potentially commented on behalf of the 53 countries of Europe at the next OIE General Session in May 2018.

General documents:
RCG4 Agenda
List of participants
RCG4 Report (NEW)
Annex 2 - Status Report – Implementation of Chapter 3 of OIE Regional Commission for Europe Regional Work Plan Framework 2017 - 2020 (NEW)

Presentations:
OIE activities planned for 2018
OIE Platform on animal welfare for Europe - update
Standing Groups of Experts under the GF-TADs for Europe (ASF; LSD)
OIE regional website for Europe - latest developments
Staff in OIE regional and sub-regional offices in Europe - situation in 2018

 

Fifth Regional Core Group meeting (RCG5 - Moscow / Russia, 17-18 April 2018)

(documents to be posted soon after the meeting)