EU provides 33 vehicles to strengthen phytosanitary inspections in Bosnia and Herzegovina

To build capacity in the food and phytosanitary safety sectors in Bosnia and Herzegovina and help the country align with EU standards, the European Union is providing 33 new all-terrain vehicles worth 467 000 € which will be used by the country’s authorities for phytosanitary inspections. and food controls and surveillance.

The keys to 14 of these vehicles were handed over today by the Head of the Delegation of the European Union and EU Special Representative, Ambassador Johann sattlerto the Director of the Food Safety Agency of Bosnia and Herzegovina Džemil Hajrić, Minister of FBiH Ministry of Agriculture emsudin Dedi?? and director of the administration of the FBiH for inspection matters Anis Ajdinović.

Thanks to this donation, the monitoring linked to the human and animal food chain will be faster, the period from the moment of taking a sample during phytosanitary inspections at the borders until the final analysis will be shortened and the time devoted to the issuance of the phytosanitary certificate will be reduced. reduced.

During an event to mark the handover Ambassador Sattlernoted: “Health comes first. By protecting plants, we are protecting our lives. By ensuring food safety, we make our food supply chain stable and viable. Food control and safety are of paramount importance to the EU market, which has more than half a billion consumers and more than 45 million employees in the agriculture and food sectors. I call on the sector authorities to continue professionalizing phytosanitary services, improving phytosanitary control, regulating the internal market in accordance with the EU market and harmonizing legislation with phytosanitary legislation and standards. of the European Union. “

Director Hajrić underlined the importance of this donation which will help the food security sector in Bosnia and Herzegovina and added: “In addition to this donation, it is important to underline that the EU will help us improve our capacities regarding the implementation of the new legislation. We already have a project worth € 1.5 million in the implementation phase, which is already bearing some results, and with additional IT equipment provided by the EU, BiH will be able to respond to all our tasks in the food safety sector in BiH. “

Minister Dedić thanked the European Union for many projects and underlined: “In addition to consumer protection, we must prove the quality of our products through the institutional and legislative framework and thus allow preconditions for the export of our products to the EU and other countries. With the support of the EU, we will strengthen our institutions, so that BiH has quality products and new markets, but also as many employees as possible in the agriculture and food industry.. “

Director Ajdinović stressed the importance of this donation, which will help strengthen the food control system and allow consumers to enjoy healthy and quality food. “These are BiH consumers, but also EU consumers, as BiH exports more and more to EU countries every day. These vehicles will improve cross-border and internal control, and inspectors will be more mobile to reach companies that export and supply the BiH market with food.“said Ajdinovic.

15 of the 33 vehicles have already been handed over to the Inspectorate of Republika Srpska and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management of the Republika Srpska on September 2, while the handing over of four other vehicles To Brčko District of BiH will take place soon.

Through several ongoing projects, the European Union is working to build capacity in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the areas of food safety, veterinary and phytosanitary. Currently, there are three twinning projects in Bosnia and Herzegovina worth six million euros aimed at strengthening institutional capacities and bringing these sectors in Bosnia and Herzegovina closer to EU law. In addition, with funds from the Instrument for Pre-Accession, the European Union will purchase high-quality IT equipment (laptops and desktops, printers, multifunction devices and networks, etc.) for authorities working in the sectors of phytosanitary inspection and food safety and surveillance. in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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