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Animal Health and Welfare (30-03-2012)

Commission launches two projects in the field of animal welfare issues

The European Commission plans to award two projects related to animal welfare issues:

  • a grant of up to 1 million euros to a pilot project on a European Animal Welfare Network;
  • a procurement contract of up to 150.000 euros to carry out a study on restraining systems of bovine animals used for slaughter without stunning.

The first project aims to assess whether the creation of a European network of reference centres would add value and assist competent authorities and stakeholders to improve the implementation of the EU legislation on animal welfare (i.e. technical assistance, innovation, dissemination of scientific research, applied research, education and vocational training). The project findings should also present possible conditions under which the EU could support a European network for animal welfare, as envisaged in the EU strategy for the protection and welfare of animals 2012-2015.

Deadline for submission: 22.06.2012

The second project aims to assess different restraining systems of bovine animals used for slaughter without stunning and take into account both the welfare and socio-economic aspects surrounding this issue. The results of the study will help the Commission elaborate a report, as foreseen in the Council Regulation (EC) No 1099/2009 on the protection of animals at the time of killing.

Deadline for submission: 16.06.2012

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