The Commission's Decision clearly sets out what the UK including Wales is able to apply for in terms of reimbursements for the costs of tuberculin testing, gamma interferon blood testing and compensation for cattle slaughtered. This is not a restriction; it is a rule of the funding programme that the UK Bovine TB Eradication Plan for 2010 is an application to.
The Decision sets out the maximum of the costs that member states can claim for each:
Tuberculin test: €1.75 per test
Gamma-interferon test: €5 per test
Compensation: €375 per animal.
The Bovine TB Eradication Group for England has recently reviewed the approach taken to setting routine TB testing frequencies to a risk based approach as announced in its report published on 8 October. Extending more frequent routine TB testing to more of the country would come at a high cost. As TB is a largely regional issue, concentrated in England in the south west and west midlands, with large areas in the north and east predominantly clear, this risk based approach is deemed a more proportionate and effective use of resources.