National Surveillance Plans preparation
CAPS2 encourages the development of National Surveillance Plans in partner countries to progressively achieve EU standards and the comply with the specification of EU directives. The aim is to contribute in the harmonization of policies of surveillance and control in the fish sector of the Adriatic Area. Central Competent Authorities analyse relevant legislation and identify eventual aspects for improvements and gaps with reference with the EU legislation.
Working group meetings and plenary meetings among project partners are foreseen to identify such elements of improvements and define common rules for developing National Surveillance Plans.
- Partners develop an analysis and comparison of legislation concerning CAPS2 topics in order to define actions for harmonization.
- A sanitary survey is developed in each country to identify sanitary conditions of the interested areas.
- Surveillance and control plans are developed in partner countries starting from the second project year.
- Working groups have been constituted to develop an analysis of the legislation and a definition of gaps between the EU legislations and national laws. A document has been implemented with the aim to analyse the outcomes of the country reports produced by the Competent Authorities (CA) of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro.
- Activities are therefore focused on the analysis of provisions currently in place in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro for the surveillance and monitoring of fish and shellfish diseases, the presence of contaminants (heavy metals, benzopyrene and other PAH) and biotoxins.
- Based on this analysis and comparison of results, two Sanitary Survey were carried out in the two countries involved. Photos related to the sanitary surveys are included in the CAPS2 photo gallery.
- In 2014, the Food Safety and Veterinary Institute of Tirana also conducted a sanitary survey in Albania at Shengjin bay to define the sampling points for E. coli and biotoxins analysis and in the estuary of Butrinti Lagoon in order to assess the potential use of this area as bivalve mussels’ production site . At the end of each survey, a meeting was held with local stakeholders of the aquaculture sector to introduce the CAPS2 project, its activities and objectives.
- The implementation of official controls started in each country as planned in the project.
- Results of chemical and microbiological analyses are in the CAPS2 web GIS platform (WP4).
- Two cross-country meetings on WP5 were held in Podgorica and in Split to discuss the state of the implementation of national surveillance plans in each country.