11 MEPs asked for the creation of a one-stop shop for animal welfare

MEPs Jacqueline FOSTER , Janusz WOJCIECHOWSKI , Anja HAZEKAMP , Marlene MIZZI , Jörg LEICHTFRIED , Pavel POC , Marit PAULSEN , Catherine BEARDER , Ivo VAJGL , Keith TAYLOR and Franc BOGOVIČ initiated a written declaration on the creation of a one-stop shop for animal welfare.  

Currently animal welfare is divided between DG SANTE (companion animals and farm animals) and DG ENVI (wild animals and animals in experiments). Moreover, inside DG SANTE, animal welfare related topics can be dealed by both the Animal Health unit or the animal welfare unit.  The declaration aims the creation of one point (a "one-stop shop) dealing with all animal welfare related topics, for all species.

More on: http://www.maltatoday.com.mt/news/europe_2015/53949/11_meps_propose_creation_of_centralized_animal_welfare_system#.VXmLCUZXyR8

Read the declaration: http://lawyersforanimalprotection.eu/eu-written-declaration-on-the-creation-of-a-one-stop-shop-for-animal-welfare/


5.05.2015 EU Commission Event: Wildlife and animal health, welfare, environment and species protection

Wildlife and animal health, welfare, environment and species protection

Date: 5 May 2015 
Location: Rue de la Loi 170, 1000 Brussels, Charlemagne Building, Salle Gasperi

Preliminary programmehere

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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.


Further information


Italian Presidency of the EU Council


Since 1 July 2014 and until 31 December 2014, Italy has presided the EU Council, succeeding to Greece and Lithuania. The EU Council is the institution that represents the governments of the 28 Member States. It has for main mission to negociate and sign EU legislation together with the EU Parliament in the frame of the so-called "ordinary" or "co-decision" legislative procedure.

As the EU Council Presidency rotates every 6 months according to a pre-set order, to ensure the continuity of the EU legislation, a "trio" system has been established since the Lisbon Treaty. Three Presidencies have to prepare a 18 months programme (a common agenda to address the main topics and issues the Council will deal with). 

With the Italian Presidency starts a new trio, made up of Italy, Latvia and Luxemburg. The trio has adopted its programme in June 2014. This programme provides in particular that "The three Presidencies shall devote adequate attention to free circulation, traceability and health of animals since it has a direct impact on human health and on the treatment with dignity of all animals and of pets in particular".

The Italian Presidency will have to continue the work started by the previous trio regarding the so-called "Animal and Health Package" including:

– official controls and other official activities intended to ensure the effective application of laws on plant health and phytosanitary production, animal health and food and feed production

– placing on the market of veterinary medicines and medicated feed 

– cloning of animals for food production and placing on the market of food from clones

– zootechnical and genealogical conditions for trade in and imports into the Union of breeding animals and their 
germinal products

–  revision of the hygiene package


On the basis of the Trio programme, Italy has provided a more detailed programme for its 6 months Presidency. In its programme, Italy specifies that regarding Animal Health, "a global conference will be held in Italy, in agreement with the European Commission and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)".


Next Presidency will start in January 2015 and will be held by Latvia.


Official Website of the Italian Presidency: http://italia2014.eu/

Programme of the Italian Presidency: http://italia2014.eu/media/1220/programma-semestre-en-def.pdf

Programme of the Trio : http://register.consilium.europa.eu/doc/srv?l=EN&f=ST%2010948%202014%20REV%201



26.11.2013 Brussels, "Puppy Trade in Europe: A lack of traceability, threat to the European Market and One Health"

This event is organized by VIER PFOTEN International

Date: 26 November 2013, 11.30h – 13.00h,

Location:  European Parliament, room ASP A3F383

Connecticut (USA): An Alliance for humane petshop

In Connecticut, a public hearing is coming (Dec 4th) to speak about animal welfare and animal health issues for puppies bought in US petshops. This hearing is organised by the Connecticut Alliance for humane petshop, a committee created as follow up of the new petshop legislation. It has for main duty to investigate the source of pet-shop puppies and recommend any statutory changes to the legislature.

More information on: http://www.ctpost.com/news/article/Be-heard-on-pet-store-puppies-4981121.php



European Parliament voted the legislative package on commercial and non-commercial movement of companion animals

Update: On 28th June 2013 the EU Parliament has definitively voted the legislative package

European Parliament voted in favour of the proposed legislative package on commercial and non-commercial movement of companion animals

On 23rd may 2013, the EU Parliament has voted in favour of the revised Schnellhardt Report on a proposed legislation on non-commercial movement and the proposed Regulation on commercial movement of companion animals


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