The BTSF programme is designed predominantly to train staff of competent authorities of European Union Member States involved in official control activities so as to keep them up to-date with all aspects of EU law in the areas specified above and ensure that controls are carried out in a more uniform, objective and adequate manner in all Member States. Implement a European Union training strategy in the areas of food law, feed law, animal health, animal welfare and plant health rules. Its aim is to ensure that staff of competent authorities involved in inspection and controls, both in EU and in countries trading with the EU, are properly informed and trained to verify compliance with EU requirements in a more objective, harmonised and appropriate manner. It is also aimed at ensuring that the operators of the food/plant production sectors improve their level of compliance with international and EU safety standards, so as to enhance consumer protection in the EU Member States, as well as in the exporting countries.
The specific goal is to organise training activities in selected African and ENP Countries in order to ameliorate and develop the Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) framework “to allow a better production, processing and trade of safe food, healthy animals and plants”. The intended technical assistance is firstly aimed at strengthening official control capacities by empowering competent authorities in the beneficiary countries with improved methodologies and understanding of international food standards and recommendations, and EU food safety law and quality standards. This first component of the activity, Task 1, will be implemented through the holding of 6 regional workshops of 4 days.
This project also bears a second component, Task 2, which aims at providing assistance to selected non-EU countries’ Competent Authorities and food business operators, in particular SMEs and groups of producers, towards promoting the application of international food safety standards. This second component consists in providing 230 working days of technical assistance and is clearly meant to build sustainable expertise to competent authorities and to the private sector.
The services provided are: