22nd Standing Group of Experts on African Swine Fever in Europe (SGE-ASF22)


The twenty second meeting of the Standing Group of Experts on African Swine Fever (SGE ASF22) was organised in the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut (German animal virology reference laboratory) and Mecklenburg, Germany, by the SGE ASF Secretariat on the 8/9th of April 2024. 21 SGE Member Countries from the European Region participated, for a total of over 90 participants in FLI and 75 in the field visits.

After a brief overview of regional activities from Asia Pacific and Europe, the new member countries briefly presented their national epidemiological situation regarding ASF.

Participants, including representatives of local German veterinary services, gave presentations of the opportunities and challenges in the use of fencing in control of ASF in wild boar, that were illustrated by field visits on the second day.

The SGE ASF22 were shown a set of recommendations. Amongst these, it was highlighted that:


  1. Albania and Montenegro become full members of the SGE ASF, and as such participate in future SGE ASF meetings to share their experience and receive relevant guidance.  
  2. Field missions by GF-TADs experts should continue in recently affected countries to rapidly provide support to the veterinary authorities. Interested countries should contact the SGE ASF secretariat.
  3. The correct management of wild boar populations, through strategic fencing combined with targeted depopulation, and the reduction of the environmental viral load due to infected wild boar carcasses are key to prevent, control and eradicate ASF. Therefore, wild boar carcass search and safe disposal must be considered a cornerstone for ASF control. Best practices in relation to fencing and wild boar population management are described in Annex 1 of these recommendations. They should be duly followed.
  4. Best practices for wild boar hunting management, biosecurity and safe carcass disposal are described in the ‘Handbook on African swine fever in wild boar and biosecurity during hunting”
  5. Awareness campaigns should be carried out using all possible information modalities (e.g. face-to-face meetings, mass media, posters, leaflets, radio and TV shows). Different actors should be informed, including hunters and hunting associations, the general public through municipalities, non-governmental organizations, veterinary practitioners, forest workers & management bodies and seasonal workers to increase the acceptance and effectiveness of ASF control measures.


The SGE ASF agreed that the eradication of ASF from the European region remains the primary goal. In addition, participants agreed that while not all countries may possess the financial means for state-of-the-art fencing and technological solutions, there are universal principles applicable at the local level. These include understanding wild boar distribution, engaging key stakeholders in control measures, and launching public awareness campaigns.

The participation of a representative from the Asia-Pacific region offered valuable parallels in the global fight against ASF, shedding light on shared challenges and effective control strategies needing adaptation to local contexts.

The importance of cross-border cooperation emerged as a recurrent theme, particularly given the prevalence of shared land borders among member states. The movement of wild boars across these borders poses a significant risk for virus transmission, underscoring the necessity for collaborative efforts.

The collaborative spirit and exchange of knowledge fostered by the SGE on ASF remain useful in advancing efforts towards ASF eradication, both regionally and globally.

Final Report


Next meeting

  • The twenty second meetings of the Standing Group of Experts on African Swine Fever (SGE ASF22) in Europe under GF-TADs is planned to be held in September 2024 in Ohrid, North Macedonia.


Presentations are available in the agenda below

Day 0 – 7th of April 2024 – from 19:30 – Berlin 


 From 19:30 Welcome buffet in hotel close to Berlin Airport (Intercity hotel TBC)
 2 hours  Buffet and social gathering Hosts: Germany and GF-TADs


Day 1 – 8th of April 2024 – 07.00 – 17.00 – Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut


07:00-10.30 Travel from Intercity hotel to Friedrich Loeffler Institut in Greifswald insel Riems
10:30 – 10:45 Refreshment – coffee
15 minutes Welcoming remarks Prof Kühn, Head of FLI

Dr Dietrich Rassow

Dr Budimir Plavsic (SGE Secretariat)

Dr Bernard Van Goethem

30 Presentation of the activities in Asia

Activities and situation

Dr Okita Vice President of the regional Commission for Asia and the Pacific
10 WOAH presentation on ASF activities including work on the eDepository WOAH – Dr Chng and Perchet
10 FAO presentation on ASF activities FAO REU Daniel Beltran Alcrudo
10 EU presentation on ASF activities DG Santé
5 Discussion
10 Presentation Albania epidemiological situation Esta Papajani
10 Presentation Montenegro epidemiological situation Dr Mevlida Hrapovic
10 Presentation of the Montenegro SGE mission Dr Olsveskis 
10 Presentation Greece epidemiological situation Dr Maria Gianniou
10 Presentation Sweden epidemiological situation Dr Caroline Bossfall
5 discussion
13:00 – 14.30 Lunch break – optional tour of the FLI Island
20 Overview of ASF in Germany, including public relations work (A)

Carola Sauter-Louis (B)

Dr Christina Haarmann, Federal Ministry + Prof Carola Sauter-Louis, FLI
30  ASF in Brandenburg (BB): Prevention and ASF control based on individual examples (fences, search for dead game) Diana Holland


30 ASF in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (MV): Prevention and ASF control based on individual examples (fences, search for dead game) Dr Stephanie Woida


Report /Presentation local veterinary and regional forestry authority

Debate on individual issues arising from the discussion

Nicole Lade, local district Vorpommern-Greifswald
10 Discussion
16:30 – 16:40 hrs Coffee break
15 Presentation of the Italian experience on ASF control TBC
10 Presentation of current French prevention plan and the past cross boundary cooperation with Belgium including fencing. Dr Emmanuelle Soubeyran
15 Evolution of fencing solutions used in Europe, and the possible future role of vaccination against ASF Dr Vittorio Guberti
10  Discussion and questions
17.10 Wrap up of the first day presentations
18.00 hrs Departure for Anklam and travel
19:30 hrs Dinner in Anklam
21.30 Accommodation – hotel in Anklam


Day 2 April 9th, 2024 excursion to Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania

Note: Departure from Hotel in Anklam

Schedule Stops Contents
08:20-9:20 Travel from hotel (Anklam) to fences Bus travel
9:20 Fence close to Rieth


ASF protection corridor POL-DEU border
10:35 Green close to Sandbad Ahlbeck (PLZ 17375) (three groups in parallel)

500m footpath – appropriate footwear and clothing for countryside

Demonstration search for carcasses (dogs)
Demonstration of a drone used in carcass searching
11:45 Gasthof zum Seegrund

Dorfstr. 32, 17375 Ahlbeck – Lunch

13:30 – 16.30 return journey to Berlin, with conclusions and recommendations to be presented on the way
16.30 Return to Berlin airport
18.00 – Optional walk in Berlin


The list of SGE ASF members and prospective members is as follows:  Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Kosovo*, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro; North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Sweden, Ukraine

* This designation is without prejudice to position on status, and is in line with UN Security Council Resolution 1244/99 and the International Court of Justice Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence

Veranstaltung Weltorganisation für Tiergesundheit , Treffen der obersten Veterinärbehörden aus Europa, Asien, Afrika