The European Union provides more than 30 cars for the use of authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina to conduct phytosanitary inspections and food control and monitoring.
The 33 new off-road vehicles worth EUR467,000 ($540,000) will be used by authorities in the country to support alignment with EU standards. Bosnia and Herzegovina has not yet become a member of the EU.
Food- and feed-chain monitoring will be quicker, the delay between taking a sample at the border and the final analysis will be shorter, and time spent issuing phytosanitary certificates and phytosanitary certificates will be decreased.
Johann Sattler, head of delegation of EU and EU special representative to Bosnia and Herzegovina was responsible for the transfer of
keys for 14 of vehicles to Dzemil Hjric, director of Food Safety Agency of Bosnia and Herzegovina Semsudin Delic, director of Administration for Inspection Affairs and Anis Ajdinovic.
Ongoing capacity building
Sattler stated that safe food is essential to ensure a stable supply chain.
“Food safety and control are vital for the EU market. The EU market has more than half a million consumers and over 45million employees in the food and agricultural sectors. He urged the sector authorities to continue the professionalization and improvement of phytosanitary controls, regulation of the EU market in line with EU market, and harmonization with EU legislation.
The European Union continues to build capacity in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s food safety, veterinary, and phytosanitary sectors through a variety of ongoing projects. Three projects totaling EUR6 million (or 6.9 million) are being implemented to strengthen the agencies and align sectors with EU legislation. The European Union will use pre-accession funds to purchase equipment, such as printers and laptops, for the authorities involved in phytosanitary inspection and food safety monitoring in the country.
Hajric stated that the donation will benefit the country’s food safety sector.
“This donation is not the only thing that will be made. The EU will also help us to improve our capabilities in the implementation of new legislation. Already in the implementation phase of a project in excess of EUR1.5 million ($1.7million), we are seeing some results. With additional IT equipment from the EU, our task in the area food safety in Bosnia and Herzegovina will be easier.
Benefit for EU consumers
The Inspectorate of Republika Srpska and Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management of Republika Srpska have received fifteen vehicles already. Four more will soon be delivered to Brcko.
Ajdinovic stated that it will strengthen the control system, allowing consumers to eat healthy and high-quality food.
“This article is about consumers in Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as consumers in the EU. Every day, Bosnia and Herzegovina sends more food to EU countries. These vehicles will increase cross-border and inner control and inspectors will have greater mobility to reach businesses that export and provide food to the Bosnia and Herzegovina markets.
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