Ben Gill Gives
Evidence To European FMD Investigation
President Ben Gill will give an account of the experiences of British
farmers during foot and mouth when he gives evidence to the European
Parliament investigation into the disaster.
Gill will travel to Strasbourg next Monday (8 April) to speak at
European Parliament's Temporary Committee on foot and mouth disease.
Gill said: "The farming community and all those who have suffered
of foot and mouth deserve an independent and open investigation
such as this
and the NFU is pleased to be co-operating with it.
are many lessons to be learned, not only in the UK but in Europe
Foot and mouth showed how vulnerable every country is when an outbreak
happens anywhere in the European Union or the world.
intend to provide useful input on our experiences of issues like
and development, disease monitoring and control methods. This inquiry
vital if the whole of Europe is to be properly equipped to tackle
animal disease outbreaks."
added: "The Temporary Committee has stated clearly its intention
establish the truth regarding many issues that have achieved much
in the last 12 months. I welcome this. But this must be based on
reality and not on the wishes or unrealistic expectations of one