The European Commission is requesting Greece to establish a general system of protection for wild birds, prohibiting, in particular, their deliberate killing through poison baits. The use of poison baits is widespread in Greece, and no serious action has been taken so far, contrary to what is required under the Birds (Directive 2009/147/EC) and Habitats (Council Directive 92/43/EEC) Directives. In the Natura 2000 site of Nestos river, for example, the use of this illegal practice in 2012 led to the destruction of an entire vulture species colony, but the Greek authorities have so far done little to prevent such incidents from happening again. The Commission opened an infringement procedure against Greece in September 2013, urging the Greek authorities to better control this phenomenon in the entire country and to adopt the necessary measures to restore the damages that have occurred in Nestos in 2012. As the measures to ensure full compliance with EU law have not yet been taken, the Commission is sending a reasoned opinion. If the Greek authorities fail to act within two months, the case may be referred to the Court of Justice of the EU.
Today, the EU Commission has published its report for 2014 on the infringement of EU legislation.
It shows that number of infringement procedures opened has decreased. Greece and Italy are on the top for infringement, followed by Spain, Belgium, Poland and France. The lowest number of infringement is in Croatia, Estonia and Malta.
The main domain concerned by infringement is Environment.
Read the full report on http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-15-5326_en.htm
A total of €102 million of EU agricultural policy funds, unduly spent by Member States, is being claimed back by the European Commission from Greece, Ireland and Slovenia under the so-called clearance of accounts procedure. This money returns to the EU budget because of non-compliance with EU rules or inadequate control procedures on agricultural expenditure. Member States are responsible for paying out and checking expenditure under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), and the Commission is required to ensure that Member States have made correct use of the funds.
Official press release: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-14-2823_en.htm
The monthly infringement package has been published on Friday by the EU Commission. This month, the only breach of animal welfare legislation by Member States concern sea turles. Indeed, the EU Commission is taking Greece to Court for a failure to provide adequate protection for endangered sea turtles.
Today, EU Commission has decided to pursue the infringement procedures opened last year regarding sow stalls against Belgium, Cyprus, Greece and France by sending a reasonned opinion to them.
Moreover, the EU Commission has decided to start new infringement procedures against Slovenia and Finland by sending a letter of formal notice to them.
Official press release: http://europa.eu/rapid/
On 1 January 2014, Greece took over the Presidency of the European Union in the first half of the year, before handing over reins to Italy on 1 July 2014. It is the fifth time that Greece will hold the EU Presidency since its accession to the EU in 1981.
The programme is based on four main fields of action,
- Growth, Jobs and cohesion
- Further Integration of the EU Euro-zone
- Migration, borders, mobility
Beside these main objectives, Sea policies as a thematic that will run horizontally through all Presidency priorities.
Other animal welfare related issues are not known so far.
Please click here to get to the official presidency website and its programme.
18 December 2013
Isabella Lövin (Verts/ALE)
21 November 2013
Kriton Arsenis (S&D)
Brussels, 26 April 2013,
On 25th April 2013, the EU Commission announced that Greece and Italy will be refered before the EU Court of Justice for infringement of Directive 1999/74/EC ("the laying hens directive"). This is the last step of the infringement procedure laid down by Article 258 TFEU.
Brussels, 21 I 2013
On February 21 2013, during the European Parliament's Agriculture and Rural Development Committee, Commissioner Tonio Borg (DG SANCO) announced that EU Commission has started infringement procedures against 9 non-compliant States with the sow stall ban set up by Council Directive 2008/120/EC of 18 December 2008 laying down minimum standards for the protection of pigs