This thought was clearly expressed at an EU conference on animal diseases, held this week. Both member states and organisations involved discussed about a new strategy for the years to come until 2013.
Ultimate goal of the conference is to create a coherent European policy on animal diseases.
So far the Community Animal Health Policy (CAHP) has enabled the EU to implement animal health inspections are carried out at point of origin and not at internal borders.
It has also contributed to the eradication of diseases which represent obstacles to free movement of animals and their products, and allows the single market to function normally.
As more challenges are ahead, the EU would like to focus on themes as prevention, finance, resources, competitiveness and responsibility.