Sow Stalls Ban Enforcement: Latest news from EU Commission

On 28 January 2013, EU Commission has hold on the third stakeholder meeting about sow stall enforcement ban. 

New data have been given during this meeting. These data (below) are confirming the estimations done in October 2012 by EU Commission. Basically, at least 19 Member States on 27 will be at more than 90% of compliance with the ban, which is quite a good result regarding the negative prognosis of March 2012.


Data Provided by EU Commission during the "Stakeholders and Member States meeting on implementation of Council Directive 2008/120/EC: Group housing of sows", January 2013:


  • 11 MS estimate they fully comply
  • 8 MS estimate that at least 90 % of the holdings comply
  • 4 MS estimate that at least 80 % of the holdings comply
  • 4 MS estimate that between 60 % and 75 % of the holdings comply 

Confirmed Data:

  • 10 MS fully comply
  • 5 MS at least 90% holdings compliant
  • 2 MS at least 80 % holdings compliant
  • 1 MS at least 70 %holdings compliant

During December several websites have shared non official data providing a very bad level of compliance for the sow stall ban (less than 5 Member States in compliance). EU Commission is today undermining these wrong data.


Background information

Pigs are protected in the EU since 1991 the old Council Directive 91/630/EEC on the welfare of pigs. In 2001, this Directive has been amended by the Commission Directive 2001/93/EC providing minimum standards for the breeding of pigs, such as ban of sow stalls.
These two texts have been merged into one in 2008 with the Council Directive 2008/120/EC.
After a 12 years transitional period, these requirements improving pig welfare and requiring group housing of sows are came into force from 1 January 2003 for all new buildings, and will become mandatory for all buildings from 1 January 2013.  Nonetheless, the ban is not relevant for breeding of less than 10 sows.

Please find here , the Agenda of the meeting: Agenda of the meetingPresentations and minutes will be available in coming days.