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Commission Implementing Decision of 15 December 2011 on a financial contribution from the Union towards certain measures to eradicate foot-and-mouth disease in wild animals in the south-east of Bulgaria in 2011-2012 (notified under document C(2011) 9225) (Only the Bulgarian text is authentic) (2011/855/EU)

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Commission Implementing Decision

of 15 December 2011

on a financial contribution from the Union towards certain measures to eradicate foot-and-mouth disease in wild animals in the south-east of Bulgaria in 2011-2012

(notified under document C(2011) 9225)

(Only the Bulgarian text is authentic)

(2011/855/EU)

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

Having regard to Council Decision 2009/470/EC of 25 May 2009 on expenditure in the veterinary field(1), and in particular Article 8(2), the second paragraph of Article 14(4), Article 20, Article 23, Article 31(2), Article 35(2) and Article 36(2) thereof,

Whereas:

(1) Foot-and-mouth disease is a highly contagious viral disease in wild and domestic cloven-hoofed animals with a severe impact on the profitability of livestock farming causing disturbance to trade within the Union and export to third countries.

(2) In the event of an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease, there is a risk that the disease agent spreads to other holdings keeping animals of susceptible species within the affected Member State, but also to other Member States and to third countries through movements of live susceptible animals or their products.

(3) Council Directive 2003/85/EC of 29 September 2003 on Community measures for the control of foot-and-mouth disease repealing Directive 85/511/EEC and Decisions 89/531/EEC and 91/665/EEC and amending Directive 92/46/EEC(2) sets out measures which in the event of an outbreak are to be implemented by Member States as a matter of urgency to prevent further spread of the virus.

(4) Decision 2009/470/EC lays down the procedures governing the financial contribution from the Union towards specific veterinary measures, including emergency measures. Pursuant to Article 14(2) of that Decision, Member States shall obtain a financial contribution towards the costs of certain measures to eradicate foot-and-mouth disease.

(5) Outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease occurred in Bulgaria in 2011 and cases of this disease were detected in susceptible wild animals. The authorities of Bulgaria were able to demonstrate through regular reporting of information on the development of the disease situation to the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health and continuous submission of reports to the Commission and the Member States that they have efficiently implemented the control measures in the framework of Directive 2003/85/EC.

(6) The authorities of Bulgaria have therefore fulfilled all their technical and administrative obligations with regard to the measures provided for in Article 14(2) of Decision 2009/470/EC and Article 6 of Commission Regulation (EC) No 349/2005(3).

(7) In accordance with Article 85(3) of Directive 2003/85/EC, as soon as the competent authority of Bulgaria had a confirmation of the primary case of foot-and-mouth disease in wild animals, it applied the measures provided for in Part A of Annex XVIII to the Directive in order to reduce the spread of disease.

(8) Due to the occurrence of foot-and-mouth disease in areas shared between wild animals and susceptible domestic cloven-hoofed animals, for the first time a Member State drew up a plan for the eradication of foot-and-mouth disease in wild animals in the area defined as infected and specified the measures applied on the holdings in that area in accordance with Part B of Annex XVIII to Directive 2003/85/EC.

(9) On 4 April 2011, within 90 days following the confirmation of foot-and-mouth disease in wild animals, Bulgaria submitted a plan for the eradication of foot-and-mouth disease in wild animals in parts of the regions of Burgas, Yambol and Haskovo.

(10) Following evaluation by the Commission of the plan submitted by Bulgaria Commission Implementing Decision 2011/493/EU of 5 August 2011 approving the plan for the eradication of foot-and-mouth disease in wild animals in Bulgaria(4) was adopted.

(11) In accordance with Article 75 of Council Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 1605/2002 of 25 June 2002 on the Financial Regulation applicable to the general budget of the European Communities(5) and Article 90(1) of Commission Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 2342/2002 of 23 December 2002 laying down detailed rules for the implementation of Council Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 1605/2002 on the Financial Regulation applicable to the general budget of the European Communities(6), the commitment of expenditure from the Union’s budget shall be preceded by a financing decision adopted by the institution or the authorities to which powers have been delegated, setting out the essential elements of the action involving the expenditure.

(12) It is necessary to establish the level of Union’s financial contribution to the costs incurred by Bulgaria for the implementation of certain elements of the approved eradication plan for foot-and-mouth disease in wild animals in Bulgaria, taking also into account the particular epidemiological situation as regards foot-and-mouth disease at the South-East Balkans.

(13) Urgently needed surveillance activities, including improvements of the National Reference Laboratory, one of the very few laboratories in the entire region with sufficient experience in diagnosing foot-and-mouth disease, and the veterinary information system to integrate surveillance data with movement controls, cleansing and disinfection measures and information campaigns to the public should be financed at an established rate under the present Decision. These actions will increase the knowledge of the Union for managing such cases in the future.

(14) For financial control purposes, Articles 9, 36 and 37 of Council Regulation (EC) No 1290/2005 of 21 June 2005 on the financing of the common agricultural policy(7) are applicable.

(15) The measures provided for in this Decision are in accordance with the opinion of the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health,

HAS ADOPTED THIS DECISION:

Article 1U.K.

1.A financial contribution from the Union may be granted to Bulgaria towards the costs incurred by this Member State in taking measures pursuant to Article 8, Article 14(4)(c), Article 19, Article 22, Article 31(1), Article 35(1) and Article 36(1) of Decision 2009/470/EC to control and eradicate foot-and-mouth disease in wild animals in the south-east of Bulgaria in 2011 in accordance with the eradication plan approved by Decision 2011/493/EU.

The first paragraph constitutes a financing decision in the meaning of Article 75 of the Financial Regulation.

2.The total amount of the Union contribution shall not exceed EUR 890 000.

3.Only costs incurred in carrying out the measures detailed in the Annex between 4 April 2011 and 3 April 2012 and paid by Bulgaria before the 5 August 2012, shall be eligible for co-financing by means of a financial contribution by the Union at the maximum rate for the specific activities indicated in the Annex.

Article 2U.K.

1.The expenditure submitted by Bulgaria for a financial contribution by the Union shall be expressed in euro and shall exclude value added tax and all other taxes.

2.Where the expenditure of Bulgaria is in a currency other than euro, Bulgaria shall convert it into euro by applying the most recent exchange rate set by the European Central Bank prior to the first day of the month in which the application is submitted by the Member State.

Article 3U.K.

1.The financial contribution by the Union for the implementation of the plan referred to in Article 1 shall be granted provided that Bulgaria:

(a)

implements the eradication plan referred to in Article 1 effectively and in accordance with the relevant provisions of Union law, including Directive 2003/85/EC, and rules on competition and on the award of public contracts;

(b)

forwards to the Commission by 31 January 2012 at the latest an intermediate report on the technical execution of the eradication plan, in accordance with paragraph 5 of Part B of Annex XVIII to Directive 2003/85/EC, accompanied by an intermediate financial report covering the period from 4 April 2011 to 31 December 2011;

(c)

forwards to the Commission by 15 September 2012 at the latest a final report on the technical execution of the eradication plan accompanied by justifying evidence as to the costs paid by Bulgaria and the results attained during the period from 4 April 2011 to 3 April 2012;

(d)

does not submit further requests for other contributions from the Union for the measures detailed in the Annex, and has not previously submitted such requests.

2.Where Bulgaria does not comply with paragraph 1, the Commission may reduce the financial contribution by the Union having regard to the nature and gravity of the infringement and to the financial loss for the Union.

Article 4U.K.

1.Bulgaria shall ensure that the competent authority keeps for a period of seven years a certified copy of the supporting documents relating to the activities receiving the Union’s financial contribution in accordance with Article 1, in particular invoices, salary statements, attendance records and documents relating to the shipment of samples and to missions.

2.Bulgaria shall record the expenditure submitted to the Commission in its cost accounting system and keep all original documents for seven years for audit purposes.

3.The supporting documents referred to in paragraph 1 shall be sent to the Commission on request.

Article 5U.K.

This Decision is addressed to the Republic of Bulgaria.

Done at Brussels, 15 December 2011.

For the Commission

John Dalli

Member of the Commission

ANNEXU.K.

Cost of the measures implemented between 4 April 2011 and 3 April 2012 in accordance with the plan for the eradication of foot-and-mouth disease in susceptible wild animals in the south-east of Bulgaria, as referred to in Article 1

ActivityAction in approved planSpecificationNumber of unitsCost per unit (EUR)Total amount (EUR)Percentage Union contribution (%)

1.Surveillance

1.1.Laboratory analysis

domestic animals

Test: ELISA NSP2 0003,06 000100
Test: ELISA antibodies — Type ‘О’21 0243,573 584100
RT-PCR2 00015,030 000100
ELISA Ag2 00010,020 000100
Subtotal129 584

1.2.Sampling

domestic animals

Vacutainers21 0240,510 512100
Organ sample tubes2 0000,51 000100
Subtotal11 512

1.3.Laboratory analysis

wild animals

Test: ELISA NSP480 (282)3,01 440100
Test: ELISA antibodies — Type ‘О’480 (282)3,51 680100
RT-PCR400 (282)15,06 000100
ELISA Ag40010,04 000100
Subtotal13 120

1.4.Sampling

wild animals

Vacutainers2820,5141100
Organ sample tubes2000,5100100
Subtotal241

1.5.Trapping wild animals

Traps for wild boar7500,03 500100

1.6.Targeted hunting and trapping of wild animals and of unowned domestic animals

Man power (salary per day)4 65022,0102 300100
Bullets4002,0800100
Other costs15350,07 650100

1.7.Other costs: collection and transport of samples to the laboratory

domestic + wild animals

Weekly transport52100,05 200100
Subtotal119 450

1.8.Clinical examination of domestic animals herds:

  • taskforce, including sampling, traceability checks and online update of central database,

    3 teams of four experts

Manpower (salaries + DSA/overnight) per month and expert12 (365 + 700)1 065,0153 360100
Protective clothes6 2405,031 200100
Other costs: transport by rental car39 000,027 000100
Access to central database real time online:
by high-speed laptops with sufficient memory and GPS device31 000,03 000100
by mobile phones3500,01 500100
Subtotal216 060

2.Cleansing and disinfection

2.1.Cleaning and disinfection

Disinfection road posts (construction)16200,03 200100
Disinfection road posts (maintenance)17200,03 400100
Disinfection of the cars of the taskforce3200,0600100
Subtotal7 200

3.Upgrade of National Reference Laboratory

3.1.Strengthening the NRL capacity as regards FMD

Machinery, equipment and consumables128 000100
Subtotal128 000

4.Veterinary information system

4.1.Database (VetIS) upgrade and integrating the laboratory data system

Hardware, software and programming957 00025
Subtotal239 250

5.Information campaign

5.1.Information campaign

12 meetings per year and area, brochures and other info materials36500,018 000100
Subtotal18 000
Total882 417

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