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ASFORCE Regional Workshops

ASFORCE, the twinning project of LinkTADs organised two regional workshops for governmental agencies, targeting representatives of governmental agencies of EU Member States including countries recently affected by ASF. The aim of these meetings was to provide an opportunity to the participants to discuss relevant issues for the organization of prevention and contingency plans at national level, using data, so far obtained in research developed under Themes 2- 4 of the project.

The second workshop, held in Rome, was hosted by FAO on the 10th of March, targeting representatives from SE Europe and neighbouring countries. It was attended by representatives from veterinary services in Southern Europe, namely Bulgaria, Hungary, Italy, Slovenia and Spain.

Following the welcome and introductory note by Dr. Juan Lubroth (CVO, FAO) and the presentation of a brief background on ASFORCE and an introduction to ASF, theme leaders of ASFORCE presented the main achievements in the different areas of work under the project, as above described for the workshop in Berlin.

Dr. Sofie Dhollander, guest to the workshop, presented an overall view on EFSA’s risk assessments on ASF.

During the afternoon, each representative at the workshop, presented and discussed with the other participants, relevant aspects on the measures organized for prevention and control of ASF in their countries.

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