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Trans-boundary animal diseases (TADs) are highly contagious diseases with devastating impact on animal and public health, agricultural sector and trade. A widespread outbreak of such diseases in any country would create disastrous economic consequences.  

Given the epidemiological situation in the Mediterranean, North Africa, Near East and Europe with regards to Lumpy Skin Disease, Foot and Mouth Disease, Peste de Petits Ruminants and Rabies, it is recommended to combine efforts to combat such diseases at regional, national, and global levels, facilitate the sharing of experiences on effective control measures and ensure continued improvement on disease surveillance, early detection, prevention and control. 

Malta has identified the emergency preparedness for highly contagious animal diseases as one of the priorities which will be highlighted during the Maltese Presidency of the EU Council during the first semester 2017.

Within this context a TAIEX workshop has been organized to exchange information on challenges and opportunities for prevention and control measures.  Chief Veterinary Officers from all EU Member States will be invited to attend as well as TAIEX beneficiaries from Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia. 

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The aim of the workshop is to improve capacity of monitoring and controlling trans-boundary animal diseases and to exchange information on challenges and opportunities for improving prevention and control measures. 

This workshop will serve as a tool for all countries involved to exchange best practices and learn from recent experiences, to discuss challenges faced and the possibility of improving on the effectiveness of surveillance and early detection as well as to look towards to the new EU Legal Framework to promote prevention and control measures for effective control of animal disease.    FAO, EFSA, EuFMD, DG SANTE and the European Commission will participate alongside all EU Member States and TAIEX beneficiaries from Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia. 

 
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