Sanctioned: November 27, 2001.
Enacted: January 7, 2002.
The Senate and Chamber of Deputies of the Argentine Nation assembled in Congress, etc., sanction with force of Law:ARTICLE 1 Agree on ANIMAL SANITY MATERIA ENTRE OF THE ARGENTIN REPUBLIC AND REPUBLIC DE CROACIA, signed in Buenos Aires on August 11, 2000, which consists of NUEVE (9) articles, whose authenticated photocopy is part of this law. ARTICLE 2 Contact the national executive branch.
DADA IN THE SESSION OF THE ARGENTINE CONGRESS, IN GOOD AIRES, TO THE VEINTSIETE DAYS OF THE MONTH YEAR DOS MIL UNO.
RAFAEL PASCUAL . MARIO A. LOSADA. . Guillermo Aramburu. . Juan C. Oyarzún.
IN MATERIA OF ANIMAL SANITY
THE ARGENTINA REPUBLIC
THE REPUBLIC OF CROATIA
The Argentine Republic and the Republic of Croatia, henceforth "the Parties",
With the desire to establish the conditions that expedite the exchange of animals and their products,
In order to prevent the introduction of infectocontangious diseases to animals, as well as to protect public health and also continue to develop and affirm mutual cooperation on the basis of equality, mutual respect and common benefit,
Applying the provisions of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Health and Phytosanitary Agreement
Agree to the following:
The importation and transit of animals and their products, henceforth "the shipment", shall be carried out in accordance with the veterinary-sanitary conditions established by the national regulations of the importing country and upon authorization of the competent authority of the importing country.
The shipment to the Argentine Republic as to the Republic of Croatia must be accompanied by veterinary-sanitary certificates to be issued by the competent authorities of each Party. Veterinary-sanitary certificates should be printed in the Spanish, Croatian and English languages and harmonized on the basis of the Recommendations of the International Zoosanitary Code.
The Parties shall exchange monthly information on:
1. . Status of contagious diseases of animals to be reported, indicating the name of the site, signaling and the epizooticoepidemiological area and any complementary data.
2. . The appearance of the contagious diseases of List A, according to the code of the International Bureau of Epizootias (OIE), as quickly as possible.
3. . Regulations on veterinary and specialized publications of common interest when requested by one of the Parties.
4. . Results of bioresidue control in animal food.
The Parties shall develop the following cooperative actions:
1. . Collaboration between the official laboratories.
2. . Exchange of veterinary experts in order to internalize on the organization and functions of the Veterinary Services of the Parties.
3. . Any other cooperative action that could be agreed between the Parties.
If at the point or at the border destination it is confirmed that the shipment does not meet the veterinary-sanitary conditions of the certificate, the relevant authority of the Party shall immediately inform the corresponding authority of the other Party and shall take necessary measures in accordance with its legislation.
In the case provided for in article 4, or in the light of the occurrence of any of the diseases in list A of the OIE, and immediately after the receipt of the report, the relevant authorities of the Parties shall keep in touch with a view to determining whether the sanitary conditions continue in accordance with the certifications agreed by the Parties.
The Party which, on its own initiative, sends representatives and specialists to the territory of the other country shall bear the costs.
Disputes between Parties on the interpretation or application of the provisions of this Agreement shall be settled at the level of representatives of the relevant agencies of each Party referred to in Article 8. If the desired results were not achieved by that means, disputes would be settled through diplomatic channels.
The authorities implementing this Agreement shall:
de for the Argentine Republic: the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Food
. Servicio Nacional de Sanidad y Quality Agroalimentaria ..
. for the Republic of Croatia: the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry . Veterinary Administration..
This Agreement shall enter into force on the first day of the first month from the date on which the Parties are notified in writing that they have met the respective constitutional requirements for the entry into force of this Agreement.
It shall have a duration of five years and its validity shall be automatically extended for consecutive periods of five years if none of the Parties shall denounce it by diplomatic means six months before the expiration of the respective period.
Made in Buenos Aires, on August 11, 2000, in two originals, each in the Spanish and Croatian languages, both texts being equally authentic.