During 2017 information gathered on health and welfare of farmed domestic rabbits will be published in 2018 in an overview report in 2018. The report aims at understanding the rabbit production sector, identify good practices relating to the health, welfare and housing of rabbits reared for meat production. Further information is available here.
On March 14th MEPs will vote on the Report on minimum standards for the protection of farm rabbits 2016/2077(INI). The Report calls on the European Commission to consider the need for higher welfare systems for rabbits and present legislative proposals on setting minimum standards (more background information: click here)
An Initiative Report on the welfare of rabbits was done by MEP Stefan Eck and lead to a Motion for a Resolution done by the AGRI Committee.
Please read the Resolution and the Report here http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=REPORT&reference=A8-2017-0011&format=XML&language=EN
On September 29 Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis gave the speach at the European companion animal welfare and protection conference in Vilnius.
Read the full speach in here.
Article 5(2) of Directive 98/58/EC requires the Commission to submit a report to the Council based on the experience gained by Member States since its implementation.
Commission Decision 2006/778/EC lays down provisions concerning minimum requirements for collecting information during inspections of production sites on which certain animals are kept for farming purposes. Its annexes contain tables of the requirements to be checked with regard to non-compliance. Under this Decision, Member States have been obliged to send the Commission annual reports since June 2009. Also, recital (9) of this Decision indicates that "the collection of data on animal welfare inspections is essential for the Community to evaluate the impact of its policy in this field".
The EU Animal Welfare Strategy 2012-2015 identifies lack of enforcement of EU legislation as one of the main problems affecting the welfare of animals. In addition the report to the Council on the implementation of Council Directive 98/58/EC of 20 July 1998 concerning the protection of animals kept for farming purposes provides valuable insight into areas of enforcement.
Whole report can be found in here.
The EU adopts new conservation measures for the protection of the marine environment
The European Commission has adopted two regulations that will facilitate two Member States to comply with European environmental legislation to protect natural environments. In particular the regulations will help the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework and the Habitats and Birds Directives.
The first regulation concerns the North Sea, where new fishing bans will apply to a marine protected area in Swedish waters and to some Natura 2000 sites in Danish waters. The second regulation concerns the Danish Natura 2000 sites of the Baltic Sea and replaces Regulation (EU) 2015/1778. The new measures aim to protect reefs, and both sea-pen and burrowing fauna. The protection measures prohibit fishing with bottom trawling gears or – in some cases – any kind of fishing. As an additional control measure, the use of automatic identification systems has become mandatory for vessels not required to have vessels monitoring systems on board in the Swedish protected area.
Both regulations were adopted in accordance with Article 11 of Regulation 1380/2013 and are based on joint recommendations issued by the three Member States concerned, i.e. Denmark, Germany and Sweden.
Original article on EC website.