European Commission approves Egypt's Police Vet Quarantine to export horses to EU countries

Ahram Online , Tuesday 13 Dec 2022

The European Commission has granted its approval to Egypt's Police Veterinary Quarantine -- which is affiliated to the Ministry of Interior -- to export horses to European Union countries, Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation El-Sayed El-Quseir announced in a statement on Tuesday.

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File photo of the International Arabian Horse Championship held in Egypt (photo courtesy of Egypt's Agriculture ministry)
 
El-Quseir lauded the efforts of the General Organization for Veterinary Services in developing and supporting the Egyptian horse industry.

The European decision came after the European Commission announced its decision (No. 2329 of 2022), which was published in the European Official Gazette 29 November 2022, to grant approval to the Police Veterinary Quarantine to export horses to European Union countries. 

According to the statement, the decision came after the Egyptian Veterinary Services Authority, in coordination with the Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt in Brussels, submitted a high-level file to the European Commission to obtain approval for the veterinary police quarantine to export horses to European Union countries alongside the veterinary quarantine of the Armed Forces Hospital.

In 2021, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) declared Egypt free from Syphilis and glandors diseases that are associated with horses.

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi had earlier directed the concerned bodies to prepare a detailed study for a mega national horse farms' project to raise pure breeds of Egyptian-Arabian horses.

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