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
A father and its son have been recently severly condemned by a Court in Dublin for animal fighting. It is likely that animal fightings cases start to seriously decrease in Ireland.
More information on http://www.newsletter.co.uk/news/regional/dog-fighting-is-cracked-uspca-1-5811549
On 22nd May 2013, an Animal Health and Welfare Bill has been passed in Ireland and will be signed soon by the President. The Bill aims to update the Irish animal welfare legislation that was over a century old ! Among other things, this law will clarify the duty of animal owners.
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Date: 29 May 2013
Location: Dublin Castle,Dame Street, Dublin, Ireland
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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
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8 January 2013
Brian Simpson (S&D) , Arlene McCarthy (S&D)
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On 1 January 2013, Ireland took over the presidency of the European Union’s Council of Ministers for the seventh time since it joined the European Union 40 years ago. It is the first presidency of a trio with Lithuania (second half 2013) and Greece (first half 2014). For the next 18 months, the trio will set the European agenda.
Continue reading New EU Presidency: Welcome to the Irish Presidency!