Tripartite Groups

In pursuing its objectives of controlling FMD and preventing its re-introduction to Europe, EuFMD engages in special activities such as serosurveillance, vaccination campaigns, buffer zones and training workshops from time to time. When implementing field activities, EuFMD usually does so in close cooperation with the European Commission (EC) and the Office International des Epizooties (OIE). These Tripartite EuFMD/EC/OIE Groups are usually regionally based and work with major risk areas for the re-introduction of FMD into Europe. Currently there are two Active Tripartite Groups, one for the Balkan Region and one for the Transcaucasian countries of the Community of Independent States (CIS). The Balkan Tripartite Group meets at least once a year with the CVO's of Bulgaria, Greece, and Turkey. The second OIE/EuFMD/EC Tripartite Group was created in 1998 to support and co-ordinate the control of FMD in CIS and particularly in Caucasia (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Russia) under the scientific support of the All-Russian Institute for Animal Health, Vladimir, Russ