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Animal Health and Welfare (19-03-2012)

Commission closely monitoring the implementation of rules on the protection of pigs

With a view to ensuring a smooth transition from individual sow stalls to group housing of sows by 1 January 2013, the Commission is organising a meeting which will bring together Member States, animal welfare organisation and representatives of the EU pig sector to discuss the implementation of Council Directive 2008/120/EC on the protection of pigs.

The meeting is part of a series of initiatives that the Commission has taken over several months in order to assist Member States and stakeholders to take the necessary measures to comply with new animal welfare rules which aim to improve the living conditions of pregnant sows.

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