The first meeting of the drafting group, including members of the Bureau of the Steering Committee, was kindly hosted by the Belgian Federal Public Service Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment on 6-7 March in Brussels. It met to develop further the draft declaration by the 5th High-level Meeting.
Representatives from Austria, Belgium, France, Georgia, the Netherlands, Norway, Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation, Serbia and Switzerland discussed the strengths and weaknesses of THE PEP and its implementation mechanisms and the need to update THE PEP Priority Goals.
After two days of discussions, the drafting group elaborated the second draft of the declaration, including two new THE PEP priority Goals. The drafting group tasked the secretariat to refine the draft for circulation to THE PEP focal points in view of further negotiations during the extended Bureau meeting in Valletta, Malta, on 2-3 May 2019. The drafting group also asked the secretariat to prepare an initial draft of THE PEP Workplan for the period 2019-2024.