EU helps Ukraine harmonise national system of veterinary medicine with European standards

EU helps Ukraine harmonise national system of veterinary medicine with European standards

February 5, 2021

On 4 February the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted a law ‘On veterinary medicine’, drafted with the assistance of the EU-funded project ‘Improvement of legislation, control, and awareness in food safety, animal health and welfare in Ukraine’ (EU4SaferFood). The new law helps Ukraine to harmonise the national veterinary legislation with European standards.

Ukraine is making good progress in the approximation of its legislation with EU laws as per the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement,” said Christian Ben Hell from the EU Delegation to Ukraine. “This newly adopted law is based on ten EU legal acts… It will also allow the future adoption of by-laws that will be based on over 20 more EU legal acts.”

This new law will enable Ukraine to improve veterinary and sanitary welfare in the country, to improve the business environment by reducing the number of authorisation documents, and to enhance the exporting capacity of national animal breeders and manufacturers of veterinary medicinal products and food of animal origin.

The project Improvement of legislation, control, and awareness in food safety, animal health and welfare in Ukraine (EU4SaferFood), funded by the EU, aims to help Ukraine to enhance the functionality of food safety, animal health and welfare services and control system. Main beneficiaries are the Ministry for the Development of Economy, Trade and Agriculture of Ukraine, the State Service of Ukraine on Food Safety and Consumer Protection. The project lasts from September 2019 till March 2023.

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