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The Food Safety Action Plan

22 May 2012

The EU Advisory Group to Armenia, with the Ministry of Agriculture and the State Service for Food Safety of the Republic of Armenia, conducted a key awareness seminar on the new Food Safety Strategy and Action Plan.
As a result of the work of cooperation between the EU Advisory Group with the Armenian Ministry of Agriculture and the State Service for Food Safety, an Action Plan for Food Safety Strategy was adopted in November 2011.
During the seminar on 21 May 2012 discussions were held on the newly approved Food Safety Strategy and the Action Plan which included food processing, exports and imports, food production and other food-related issues. The objective of the new Food Safety Strategy and its Action Plan is to bring Armenia’s food system into line with EU requirements. To discuss measures on food safety, participants were divided into three analytical groups: animal health and welfare; approximation of Armenian legislation to EU legislation; food safety regulation and control. Through the EU Advisory Group, the EU has provided the services of two international advisors: Dr Viktor Grapmanis, a specialist in veterinary sciences and former Director of the Veterinary Department at the Latvian Ministry of Agriculture, and Ms Lidija Necajeva, a specialist in plant science and agronomy.

The Food Safety Strategy is critically important for the DCFTA, and is considered to be one of its most important components. ‘The European Commission considers that Armenia has achieved, in general, sufficient progress with respect to the DCFTA key recommendations with respect to sanitary and phyto-sanitary standards. Without this positive assessment it would not have been possible to launch the DCFTA negotiations, which are now moving ahead”, Ambassador Traian Hristea said in his speech.

The Food Safety Action Plan

The EU Advisory Group to Armenia, with the Ministry of Agriculture and the State Service for Food Safety of the Republic of Armenia, conducted a key awareness seminar on the new Food Safety Strategy and Action Plan. As a result of the work of cooperation between the EU Advisory Group with the Armenian Ministry of Agriculture and the State Service for Food Safety, an Action Plan for Food Safety Strategy was adopted in November 2011. During the seminar on 21 May 2012 discussions were held on the newly approved Food Safety Strategy and the Action Plan which included food processing, exports and imports, food production and other food-related issues. The objective of the new Food Safety Strategy and its Action Plan is to bring Armenia’s food system into line with EU requirements. To discuss measures on food safety, participants were divided into three analytical groups: animal health and welfare; approximation of Armenian legislation to EU legislation; food safety regulation and control. Through the EU Advisory Group, the EU has provided the services of two international advisors: Dr Viktor Grapmanis, a specialist in veterinary sciences and former Director of the Veterinary Department at the Latvian Ministry of Agriculture, and Ms Lidija Necajeva, a specialist in plant science and agronomy. The Food Safety Strategy is critically important for the DCFTA, and is considered to be one of its most important components. ‘The European Commission considers that Armenia has achieved, in general, sufficient progress with respect to the DCFTA key recommendations with respect to sanitary and phyto-sanitary standards. Without this positive assessment it would not have been possible to launch the DCFTA negotiations, which are now moving ahead”, Ambassador Traian Hristea said in his speech.