In-Force legislation:

Council Directive 1999/74/EC of 19 July 1999 laying down minimum standards for the protection of laying hens

 

Report 

Communication of 8 January 2008 from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council on the various systems of rearing laying hens in particular those covered by Directive 1999/74/EC

 

Enforcement:

Since1 January 2003, use of non-unriched cages is prohibited for all new buildings or buildings brought into service for the first time after 2003.

Since 1 January 2012, use of non-enreiched cages is prohibited for all holdings.

 

Not anymore into force legislation:

Council Directive 88/166/EEC of 7 March 1988 complying with the judgment of the Court of Justice in Case 131/86 (annulment of Council Directive 86/113/EEC of 25 March 1986 laying down minimum standards for the protection of laying hens kept in battery cages)