Implementation of Council Directive 98/58/EC concerning the protection of animals kept for farming purposes

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.


EU Zoos Directive, Good Practices Document, July 2015

The EU Commission published a document on good practices regarding the enforcement of the EU Zoo Directive. 

The Commission launched a study contract with a view to promoting the sharing of experience and of good practice for the implementation of the Zoos Directive aimed at supporting practitioners and Member States in implementing
the spirit and requirements of the Zoos Directive. This has involved consultation with experts and practitioners in different Member States and with different representative bodies concerned with Zoos.
This included a dedicated expert workshop, which took place in Brussels in November to share draft results of the study. The document reports on the findings of this study and aims to summarise the current state of knowledge and
highlight good practices to support practitioners and Member States with a view to helping the m achieve the overall
objective of strengthening the role of zoos in the conservation of biodiversity.

Author: EU Commission

Date: July 2015




EU Commission will develop a guidance to support the implementation of the Zoos Directive

Recently, EU Commission announced its intention to develop a guidance and best practice document to support the implementation of the EC Zoos Directive. Since its entry into force, the Zoo Directive has not been properly applied in all Member States, as denounced by the Born Free Foundation in its inquiry of 2011. Such a guidance could be a first step for better enforcement of the Zoo Directive.

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Ivory and lack of implementation of the CITES regulations

16 January 2013    
Marc Tarabella (S&D) 

Parliament recently denounced the lack of implementation of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES) regulations. In one of the reports tabled in plenary, the Council was called on to promote the creation of a system of certification and control of ivory imports into the European Union, similar to the successful Kimberley process.

Does the Council intend to do this? If so, how?


Reply of the Council

15 April 2013    

As the Honourable Member is aware, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES), to which the Union is not a contracting party, is nonetheless implemented in the Union by Council Regulation (EC) No 338/97 of 9 December 1996 on the protection of species of wild fauna and flora by regulating trade therein(1).

It would be for the Commission — in the context of its legislative initiative — to take, if necessary, the appropriate decisions for future action on the issue the Honourable Member refers to. The Council would examine with great attention any proposals that might come from the Commission on this subject.

(1)    OJ L 61, 3.3.1997, p. 1.