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French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety

Twinning, cooperation and international assistance missions

The Agency is involved in multiple cooperation programmes intended to develop or strengthen the expert appraisal capacities and scientific infrastructure in new Member States of the European Union and in non-EU countries.

 

Commitment to cooperation and assistance

In line with France’s strategic and geographic priorities, the cooperation and technical assistance policies of ANSES aim to achieve two objectives: to assist in strengthening and modernising infrastructure in partner countries, particularly in developing nations, and to develop greater knowledge of their health and sanitary conditions, two crucial factors in a context of increasing globalisation and movement of people and goods.

The active participation of ANSES teams in twinning, cooperation and assistance projects is also a reflection of the Agency’s strong, long-term commitment to the global fight against health risks. Some of the practical ways in which the teams contribute to cooperation projects include expert appraisal missions in third countries, training sessions in France or abroad, and hosting scientific or technical personnel at the Agency for different periods of time. These activities are usually undertaken in collaboration with, and are often funded by, the Agency’s supervisory ministries (mainly the Ministry of Agriculture) or international organisations (particularly the FAO and OIE as part of the mandates granted to ANSES as collaborating centre or reference laboratory). ANSES provides its expertise either directly or via participation in public interest groups such as Adecia (French Agency for the development of international cooperation in the areas of agriculture, food and rural space) or FVI (France Vétérinaire International).

Examples of EU twinning projetcs underway or recently completed include:

Targeted country Title of the action
Morocco Control of plant protection products, fertilizers and growing media for the benefit of ONSSA in Morocco
Tunisia Institutional support for the control of health and environmental risks
Serbia Enhancing the capacities of the Serbian authorities in zoonoses and food-borne disease control
Azerbaijan Support to the veterinary services in strengthening the epidemiological surveillance system for animal diseases
Lebanon Strengthening the veterinary services and food safety capacities of the Lebanese Ministry of agriculture