EU funding for animal welfare in Romania

9 January 2014          

E-000188-14

Michael Cramer (Verts/ALE)

Further to the previous questions put to the Commission on the situation of dogs, and stray dogs in particular, in Romania:

1. How much EU funding did Romania receive in total, taking all EU budget headings into account, in 2012 and 2013?
2. How much EU funding, and from which budget heading(s), did Romania receive in connection with animal welfare? (Please state the programme and amount in each case.)
3. How much of the funding referred to in question 2 was earmarked and/or used for managing the dog or stray dog population in Romania? (Please state the programme and amount in each case.)
4. Can the Commission provide assurances that Romania has not used any EU funding in order to kill dogs? If not, why not?
5. Is it still the case that the Commission is not aware of any instances of misuse or illegal use of EU monies in connection with stray dogs in Romania? If that is not the case, what instances is it aware of?

26 February 2014

Answer given by Mr Borg on behalf of the Commission

The Honourable Member is invited to refer to the answers to written questions E‐006543/2011, E-007161/2011, E-002062/2012 and E-005276/2013(1) which address the issues of stray dogs and of dog population management.

The EU funding received by Romania in total, taking all EU budget headings into account, in 2012 and 2013 can be found on this page(2).

Here it is possible to find the detailed breakdown of how much was offered per Member State under ‘Pre-allocation by Member State for certain EU-support 2007-2013, for Cohesion, Rural Development and European Fisheries Fund’.

EU competences do not allow the Commission to fund stray dogs control programs.

As regards EU support for animal welfare, the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) does include the possibility for Member States to make payments to farmers who undertake voluntary commitments to improve animal welfare on farm, going beyond relevant mandatory standards established by EU or national provisions. The Romanian Rural Development Programme (RDP) 2007-2013 includes such a support scheme to improve the welfare of pigs and poultry kept on farm. Some EUR 320 million of EAFRD funds have been allocated by the Romanian authorities(3) to this measure which was launched in 2012 under the Romanian RDP. However, these payments are made in the context of the common agricultural policy (CAP) and so the beneficiaries of support are farmers (only) and the aids are therefore payable to improve husbandry standards for farm animals only. Stray dogs would not be eligible.

(1) http://www.europarl.europa.eu/plenary/en/parliamentary-questions.html
(2) http://ec.europa.eu/budget/biblio/documents/fin_fwk0713/fin_fwk0713_en.cfm#alloc
(3) 2007RO06RPO001 under measure 215 ‘Animal welfare payments’.

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