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The CCEURO Region - Regional Coordinator Kazakhstan

At the CAC of July 2017 Kazakhstan was officially appointed as the new Coordinator for the European region, the first time a country from Central Asia has held the position.

Currently the Coordinating Committee for Europe has 52 members: 51 Member Countries and 1 Member Organization (EU). The Codex Team, located in the Ministry of Healthcare of the Republic of Kazakhstan, is responsible for managing the work as Coordinator for the European region.

These pages are the channel for provision and exchange of any necessary background information, positions and other documents of the Codex Coordinating Committee for Europe and its members.

News from the region

Kazakhstan pushes to enhance regional potential

The Codex European region comprises 52 countries with widely diverse economic, historic and climatic backgrounds as well as differing levels of experience in engaging with Codex. Many countries in the region joined Codex in the early 1960s at the birth of the Codex Alimentarius and some, especially from the East European region only became members since 2000. One of these is Kazakhstan, a Codex member since 2003, now leads the region as Regional Coordinator. From 4 to 8 February 2019 a [...]
01 March 2019

Workshop in Azerbaijan reveals ideal mix for National Codex Committee

Participants gathered in Baku, Azerbaijan, from 6 to 7 February 2019 for a workshop entitled “Improving National Codex Capacities”, jointly organized by FAO and the Food Safety Agency of Azerbaijan (AFSA). National food control systems in Azerbaijan are undergoing significant change including the establishment of AFSA and the finalization of a food law. “FAO is responding to the request of the Food Safety Agency of Azerbaijan for support to strengthen the food safety control system, and develop national Codex activities”, said [...]
20 February 2019

Workshop in Europe focuses on Codex Strategic Plan and web tools

Codex Members in the Europe region began a three-day meeting in Almaty, Kazakhstan today to improve their skills and knowledge of the online tools used by the food standard-setting partnership and to discuss the regional priorities to propose including in the Codex Strategic Plan (2020-2025). Zhandarbek Bekshin of the Ministry of Health of Kazakhstan, the country leading the Codex Coordinating Committee for Europe, opened the session with a call for establishing a joint position on food trade-related matters in the 51 [...]
07 November 2018

Workshop in Portugal boosts agri-food interest in Codex

A seminar, "Codex Alimentarius in Portugal", was held on 22 June in Lisbon for agri-food sector experts, public and private, including competent authorities and public bodies, associations of different production chains, universities and laboratories. Issues related to Portuguese participation in the elaboration of EU positions in Codex were discussed, with the division of competences between EU Member States and the European Commission. The main issues under discussion in each of the 19 Codex Committees were also presented by the different national [...]
08 August 2018

News from the Regional Coordinator for Europe (Kazakhstan)

One role of the regional coordinators in Codex is to bring to the attention of the wider Codex community topics of particular interest emerging from their regions relating to food safety and quality standards or trade. In a historic first for Codex, an Eastern European country — Kazakhstan — has taken the reins of the FAO/WHO Regional Coordinating Committee for Europe (CCEURO), as Regional Coordinator for Europe. Regional standard for mare’s milk Several meetings took place in 2017 with a producer of [...]
05 February 2018

Lisbon workshop raises awareness on full stakeholder engagement in Codex

On January 9, 2018, a training course was held in Lisbon, Portugal, with the objective to reorganize and strengthen the participation of national representatives of  different committees in Codex work, as well as, to raise awareness concerning the need to engage all stakeholder groups (Non-governmental organizations, consumer organizations and industry associations) and partners (Ministry of science, health, trade and foreign affairs) in Codex work. This training was organized and conducted by the General Directorate for Food and Veterinary / Food Safety [...]
18 January 2018

Working together to build national Codex capacity in Bishkek

On November 28, 2017, a workshop took place in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic to raise awareness about the importance of the work of Codex for members of Parliament and high level government employees. This workshop was organized and conducted by the Center for Standardization and Metrology under the Ministry of Economy of the Kyrgyz Republic in cooperation with the WHO country office The meeting was also supported by the FAO/WHO Codex Trust Fund as part of the Kyrgyz project on improvement of [...]
29 November 2017

New Chair for CCMAS Dr Marót Hibbey

On Monday 8th May the Codex Committee on Methods of Analysis and Sampling holds its 38th session in Budapest Hungary. Dr Marót Hibbey will chair the meeting for the first time and ahead of the meeting he took part in a Question and Answer session. Dr Marót Hibbey Q1 This meeting will be your first as Chair, can you tell us a little about your professional and personal background? I graduated as a vet in the Szent István University of Veterinary Sciences in Budapest, and [...]
06 May 2017

Codex Chairperson Joins Kazakhstan Colleagues at Almaty Marathon

The Chairperson of the Codex Alimentarius Commission, Mrs Awilo Ochieng Pernet joined the General Director of the Kazakhstan National Center of Expertise (KZ-NCE) Mr Kanat Balykbayev to run the Almaty Marathon in Kazakhstan on 23.4.2017. Almaty Marathon in Kazakhstan The “Codex Runners” were supported by an outstanding “Codex Almaty Marathon Team” led by the Director of the Almaty Branch of the KZ-NCE Mr Sanat Saptaev and his Deputy-Director Mr Jumash Sandykbayev. The project to have a “Codex Team” at the 42 Km [...]
26 April 2017

50 years of the Codex Nutrition Committee

This year marks the 50th anniversary of CCNFSDU. In the very early days of Codex, in 1965, the fledgling European Coordinating Committee made a proposal to hand responsibility for a new European Committee on Dietetic Foodstuffs to the Federal Republic of Germany due to the experience in this field of the Federal Ministry of Health. First meeting The Committee on Dietetic Foods first met in Germany in May 1966. Items on the agenda included matters regarding “gluten free” foods, “foods for nursing mothers, [...]
04 December 2016
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CCEURO Coordinator

All information on Codex is public and free.

For regional enquiries contact:

CCEURO Secretariat

Dr. Nailya Karsybekova
Codex Contact Point for Kazakhstan,
Ministry of Healthcare of the Republic of Kazakhstan
Dostyk 18, Astana, Kazakhstan, 010000
Tel: +7 7172 55 49 25

Email: kazcodex@gmail.com

Welcome to Almaty


Looking forward to welcoming CCEURO delegates to Almaty, Kazakhstan for the next FAO/WHO Regional Coordinating Committee meeting in 2019.