Lumpy Skin Disease became a serious concern in Europe after it spread in Israel (2012), Turkey (2013), Azerbaijan (July 2014), Russia (July 2015), Greece (August 2015) and deeper into the Balkans in the course of 2016.
The Standing Group of Experts on Lumpy Skin Disease in South-East Europe (hereafter referred as ‘SGE LSD’) was launched on 4-5 July 2016, under the GF-TADs umbrella, to address this concern. It aims at building up a closer cooperation among countries affected by Lumpy Skin disease (LSD) and thereby addressing the disease in a more collaborative and harmonised manner across the region. It is a unique opportunity to engage affected countries into a fruitful regional dialogue and increased transparency. The GF-TADs offers the ideal framework to discuss common / harmonized mitigation measures based on scientific and technical grounds. LSD was discussed during the 6th meeting of the GF-TADs for Europe Steering Committee (RSC6).
The Standing Group of Experts on LSD builds on the successful experience of a similar mechanism for African swine fever in Europe, established in 2014.
* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence.