Bulgaria to Launch FMD Disinfection Tax on Turkish Border
Each vehicle passing through the Turkish-Bulgarian border will have to pay an at least EUR 2 disinfection tax, the measure aiming to stop the recent foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) outbreak in Bulgaria.
Upon paying the tax, the vehicles will be thoroughly disinfected. The measure was announced by Yordan Voynov, Head of State Veterinary Public Health Control Directorate on Monday. Larger vehicles, including trucks and busses, will have to pay EUR 10.
Earlier on Monday, Voynov also proposed that border fence with Turkey shoud be rebuilt due to the danger of animals spreading the disease.
The FMD outbreak in Bulgaria started in the beginning of January after a wild boar, shot by hunters near the Turkish border at the end of 2010 in Bulgaria, tested positive. The EU implemented urgent protection measures.
Around 200 cows, sheep and pigs in the southeastern Bulgarian village of Rezovo. Their owners will be fully compensated.
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