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EU to invest €4 mln into harmonizing Russian, European sanitary standards

The European Union is to invest €4 million ($5.34 million) into a project to harmonize European and Russian sanitary and phytosanitary regulations, Interfax reports.

The 30-month project, to be conducted in cooperation with Russian authorities, will be launched June 20, according to a press release. This is expected to help establish stronger economic ties between the European Union and Russia. The project will cover work to bring Russia's national sanitary and phytosanitary regulations into line with international regulations and rules adopted by the World Trade Organization. The project will also perfect assessment and product quality control; will upgrade the skills of veterinary department personnel and inform the private sector of relevant regulations. (