On February 15 2017, the European Commission sent a reasoned opinion (second step of the infringement process) to Italy for not having transposed properly the EU Directive on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes (Directive 2010/63/EU). Already in April 2016, a letter of formal notice was sent to Italy by the EU Commission. If the Italian authorities fail to act within two months, the case may be referred to the Court of Justice of the EU.
This Directive, which should have been enacted into national law by 10 November 2012, ensures a high level of animal welfare while safeguarding the proper functioning of the internal market. It also aims to minimise the number of animals used in experiments and requires alternatives to be used where possible. Italy had enacted the Directive in March 2014; however, a number of points of non-conformity need to be addressed. On certain aspects, the Italian law remains below the animal welfare standards set out by the Directive, while Italy invokes its allegedly higher standards on other issues, which can disturb the proper functioning of the internal market.
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
Through its hunting legislation, Finland has authorised hunting of the Eider males (a bird waterfowl specie) during their reproductive period, which is strictly forbidden under the Birds Directive. The Directive allows only the hunting of these birds only outsides of breeding or spring migration season.
Already on 22 November 2012, the EU Commission sent a letter of formal notice (first step of the infringement procedure) to Finland. Now, the Commission is sending a reasoned opinion (second step of the infringement procedure). If Finland fails to act within two months, the case may be referred to the EU Court of Justice.
More on http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-15-4871_en.htm
In Texas, a licensed veterinarian will be judged for having given online pet consultation. This is in infringement with the veterinarian duty to proceed to a preliminary physical examination of an animal before giving prescription.
This is a growing issue. Worldwide, it appeared that more and more pet owners are checking so-called "Dr Google" before going to the veterinarian when their pet is sick.
The monthly "infringement package" has been published by the EU Commission. No animal welfare topics are covered this month.
You may read it here http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-14-116_en.htm
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/press-release_MEMO-14-36_en.htm
Key Words: status of the opened infringement procedures
17 September 2013
Julie Girling (ECR)
Continue reading Pigs Directive
Key Words : enforcement and infringement procedures
21 August 2013
Diane Dodds (NI)
Continue reading Follow-up to Written Question E-007401/2013 on sow stall ban
Today, EU Commission has announced that a reasoned opinion (second step of the infringement procedure) has been sent to Hungary regarding the transposition of the Directive on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes.
The deadline for transposition of this Directive was planned for 10 November 2012.
Continue reading Animals in experiments: a reasoned opinion was sent to Hungary today
22 April 2013
Arlene McCarthy (S&D) , Linda McAvan (S&D)
Continue reading Birds hunting in Cyprus