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Study tour on flexibility provisions in food safety for traditional products and small producers, February 2016

From 22 to 25 February 2016, a delegation composed of representatives of the Montenegrin Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Veterinary Directorate as well as farms and processing facilities travelled to Graz and Eisenstadt to learn from the Austrian experience by focusing on the implementation and control of the flexibility rules and derogations.

The main purpose was to acquaint participants with the Austrian legislative framework and guidelines including registration and approval procedures for small establishments, the flexibility provisions for traditional methods and foods with a traditional character, as well as inspections in the framework of flexibility through discussions with the competent authorities at the central and regional levels.

Moreover, the delegation examined the role of the farmers associations, discussed establishing derogations and flexibility provisions for small establishments and traditional methods and products. The group also visited a number of approved slaughterhouses, some of which included on-farm marketing facilities.

This capacity building activity was part of a larger project organized under the FAO/EBRD cooperation agreement with the support of the Luxembourg government, which seeks to contribute to the development of a more efficient and inclusive meat value chain in Montenegro.

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