The European Commission has approved a financial package to fight transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSE) and other animal diseases in the EU in 2003. The European Union (EU) budget will contribute €94m (US$91.4m) for financing BSE and scrapie monitoring. The amount will be used for the purchase of test kits. The Commission also adopted funding provisions for the 2003 programmes eradicating animal diseases and preventing zoonoses like salmonella.