Transport of live animals in the European Union

In this EU Petition, the Animals’ Angels seeks revision of Regulation (EC) No 1/2005 on the protection of animals during transport and related operations. According to the petitioner, every year millions of live animals are transported to abattoirs under unacceptable conditions in the EU and many animals die during transport. The petitioner asks the European Parliament to arrange for rules to be adopted imposing a limit of 8 hours’ transport for animals being taken to abattoirs.

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EU Urged to Halt the Import of Brazilian Horsemeat

As reported by the international  animal welfare organisation HSI, The European Commission’s Food and Veterinary Office’s latest audit in Brazil has found major shortcomings in the production of horsemeat destined for export to the European Union. 

More on http://www.hsi.org/world/europe/news/releases/2016/03/eu-food-veterinary-office-horse-meat-audit-brazil-030316.html?referrer=https://www.facebook.com/

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12.11.15 Brussels Conference “Welfare of dogs and cats involved in commercial practices”

Title: Welfare of dogs and cats involved in commercial practices

Date:Thursday, 12 November 2015 from 09h00 – 17h45

Location:Representation of the State of Baden-Württemberg to the European Union, Rue Belliard 60-62, 1040 Brussels

Registration: via e-mail under veranstaltung@bruessel.bwl.de

AgendaAgenda of the Conference

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EU Petition No 0251/2014 by Pia Berrend (Luxembourgish) on the mistreatment of stray dogs in Romania

A new EU petition on stray dogs has been published. The petitioner states that Romania uses only one method to control the dog population: euthanising stray dogs. The petitioner considers this practice to be contrary to European values and asks the European institutions to enforce Article 13 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

Read the Petition: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=COMPARL&reference=PE-557.378&format=PDF&language=EN&secondRef=01

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Natural disasters and “One – Health” Are we prepared? Conclusions of the Conference

Natural disasters, like floods, earthquakes or extreme climate outbreaks, severely challenge the health and welfare of people, animals and the ecosystem. The Federation of Veterinarians of Europe in association with the Latvian Presidency of the European Union and the support of the European Commission organised a conference focusing on preparedness and management of such crisis. About 90 participants actively engaged in the discussions recognising that humans, animals and the environment are interlinked and advocating the imperative of considering ‘One Health’ holistic approach as fundamental part of the whole exercise. Civil protection mechanisms should consider human and animal interactions as major factor in order to enhance preparedness and ensure successful response. 

Read the conclusions: Conclusions_FINAL

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February Infringement Package: EU Commission refers ITALY to the Court of Justice for failure to recover milk levies due from Italian producers

Agriculture: European Commission refers ITALY to the Court of Justice for failure to recover milk levies due from Italian producers

The European Commission decided today to refer Italy to the Court of Justice of the European Union for failing to meet its responsibilities adequately with regard to managing the recovery of the levy for overproduction of milk. This levy should be paid by individual producers having exceeded their individual dairy quotas.

Italy exceeded its national quota every year from 1995 to 2009, and the Italian state paid the Commission the due superlevy amounts over the said period (2.305 billion EUR). However, despite repeated requests by the Commission, the Italian authorities have clearly not taken appropriate measures to effectively recover the levy payable from the individual producers/dairies, as requested by the relevant EU legislation. This undermines the quota regime and distorts competition with those producers who respected their quotas and those who have taken steps to pay their individual superlevy bills. As underlined by the Italian Court of Auditors, this is also unfair on Italian taxpayers.

More on http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-15-4489_en.htm

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Welcome to the Latvian presidency

Latvia is for the first time assuming the Presidency of the Council of the European Union from 1st January to 30th June 2015, taking it over from Italy and afterwards handing over the reins of the presidency to Luxembourg.

“The Presidency will continue to support all the efforts towards ensuring that animal and plant health and food safety standards are strengthened and enforced”

The Presidency has committed to engage the Council towards the following objectives:

  • Strengthening the transatlantic partnership, notably by making all efforts to conclude negotiations on an ambitious, comprehensive and mutually beneficial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement by the end of 2015, and enhancing relations towards other strategic partners.
  • Reaching an agreement with the European Parliament on the legislative proposal on animal health, which sets out a clear and single legal framework for the prevention and control of animal diseases that are transmissible between animals and to humans.
  • Organising an international seminar in Riga during spring 2015 which will focus on the need for increased biosecurity, as one of the key tools for the prevention of transmissible diseases that can be spread within the animal population.
  • Reaching a compromise among the Member States and launching negotiations with the European Parliament aiming to reach an agreement on the regulation for official controls along the food chain.
  • Preparing a legislative proposal for a regulation on the zoo-technical and genealogical conditions for trade in and imports into the Union of breeding animals and their germinal products, as well as regulations regarding the placement on the market of veterinary medicines and medicated feed.
  • Ensuring progress on the multi-annual management plans of fisheries in order to ensure their sustainable management and to achieve the goal of Maximum Sustainable Yield for all stocks.
  • Appropriately representing and coordinating the EU’s position in the negotiations on fisheries partnership agreements with third world countries and in meetings that are planned within multilateral organisations and with the coastal countries on fisheries issues.

 

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Motion for a European Parliament resolution on animal welfare on mink farms

A motion for a European Parliament resolution on animal welfare on mink farms has been introduced on December 2th by 5 MEPs of the French Extreme Right wing. It calls on the Commission to ban mink farming for fur production in the European Union, thus ensuring strict compliance with Directive 98/58/EC of 20 July 1998

Text of the resolution: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-//EP//TEXT+MOTION+B8-2014-0323+0+DOC+XML+V0//EN

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The list of EU Commissioners-designate is now available

The president of the EU Commission Jean-Claude Juncker sent yesterday the list of Commissioners-designate to the President of the Council of the European Union.

Here is the list:

Vytenis ANDRIUKAITIS (Lithuania)

Andrus ANSIP (Estonia)

Miguel ARIAS CAÑETE (Spain)

Dimitris AVRAMOPOULOS (Greece)

Elżbieta BIEŃKOWSKA (Poland)

Alenka BRATUŠEK (Slovenia)

Corina CREŢU (Romania)

Valdis DOMBROVSKIS (Latvia)

Kristalina GEORGIEVA (Bulgaria)

Johannes HAHN (Austria)

Jonathan HILL (United Kingdom)

Phil HOGAN (Ireland)

Vĕra JOUROVÁ (Czech Republic)

Jyrki KATAINEN (Finland)

Cecilia MALMSTRÖM (Sweden)

Neven MIMICA (Croatia)

Carlos MOEDAS (Portugal)

Pierre MOSCOVICI (France)

Tibor NAVRACSICS (Hungary)

Günther OETTINGER (Germany)

Maroš ŠEFČOVIČ (Slovakia)

Christos STYLIANIDES (Cyprus)

Marianne THYSSEN (Belgium)

Frans TIMMERMANS (Netherlands)

Karmenu VELLA (Malta)

Margrethe VESTAGER (Denmark)

In addition to: Federica MOGHERINI (Italy), appointed High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy by the European Council in agreement with President-elect Juncker. 

Read the official press release here: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-14-965_en.htm

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Martin Schulz has been re-elected as President of the European Parliament

With an absolute majority of 409 votes, Martin Schulz has been re-elected as President of the European Parliament.

The President of the EU Parliament has for mission to oversee all the work of the Parliament and its constituent bodies (Bureau and Conference of Presidents), as well as the debates in plenary.

The President is the representative of Parliament in legal affairs and in all external relations. He delivers an opinion on all major international issues and makes recommendations designed to strengthen the European Union.

Moreover, with the President of the Council, the EU Parliament has to sign all legislative acts adopted under ordinary legislative procedure by the EU Parliament. 

 

For more information on the role of the EU Parliament's President: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/aboutparliament/en/002fe4ba57/Le-Pr%E9sident.html

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