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Animal Health and Welfare (19-10-2009)

Commission raise awareness and collaboration on animal welfare with a Regional Workshop in Amman

The European Commission organised a multi-country Workshop on Regional Cooperation on Animal Welfare in Amman from 4-6 October, under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Alia Bint Al-Hussein and in cooperation with the Jordanian Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Planning & International Cooperation and the Jordanian Veterinary Association.
The workshop continued the series of international activities meant to raise awareness on animal welfare issues as foreseen in the Community Action Plan on the Protection and Welfare of Animals 2006-2010, and followed the fruitful discussions and outcomes of the previous Workshop on Animal Welfare at Boarder Inspection Posts and During Transportation, held in the capital of Jordan last March.
The importance of animal welfare is increasing rapidly within the EU and beyond its borders. With the aim of increasing awareness on animal welfare issues amongst veterinary services and on the link between animal welfare and food production, the Workshop had a broader, regional approach and focused on EU and international standards.
Around 120 participants from all Arab countries part of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) (Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, occupied Palestinian territory, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia) and from the Middle East, as well as international organisations such as the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) attended and contributed to the event.
Following the presentation of country reports on animal welfare from the ENP Arab countries, challenges, needs and possible steps for improving animal welfare at regional level, with the possible support of international organisations, were discussed. Furthermore the possible role of the Euro-Arab Veterinary Association to implement the outcome of the conference was also considered. The event contributed to the current development of the Jordanian draft animal welfare law.
The Commission was assisting this effort through its TAIEX-instrument.