Pigs Directive

E-010593/2013

Key Words: status of the opened infringement procedures

17 September 2013

Julie Girling (ECR)

Question:

With 13 Member States now fully compliant with Directive 2008/120/EC laying down minimum standards for the protection of pigs and many others confronted with infringement proceedings, when does the Commission expect all Member States to comply with this directive?

Does the Commission expect to have to initiate further infringement proceedings before the end of the year?

Answer:

7 November 2013

Answer given by Mr Borg on behalf of the Commission

With regard to the requirement for group housing of sows(1), the Member States are making progress towards full compliance. It is difficult for the Commission to give an exact date for when this will have been achieved across the EU as this will depend on the legislative procedures in each of the Member States and how they handle situations that ensue.

Due to the administrative procedures for infringements any further steps will at the earliest occur in November 2013.

(1) Council Directive 2008/120/EC; OJ L 47, 18.2.2009, p. 5.

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