Animals - Events
Events - 2013
Seminar for EU Veterinary students
Since 2009 the involvement of veterinary students has been a crucial element in our communication activities on animal health. Throughout our campaigns on "One Health", and "Vets in your daily life", the initiatives organised by veterinary students at a local level (i.e. seminars, school class visits, local dog walks) have been vital in helping us spread the message about the importance of animal health and its relevance to our everyday lives.
This is the fifth such seminar held in Brussels, and is the centre-piece of our efforts to engage students. The seminar takes place in Brussels and every veterinary faculty within the EU is invited to nominate one student to attend. During the course of the seminar the students are given information about the EU's role in animal health, it's communication aims, and take part in an interactive session to develop ideas for how they might promote animal health messages back in their own Member State/university/community.
48 students will attend the seminar, from 48 different veterinary faculties in 25 countries.
Participants are invited to complete the online questionnaire.
Further information: Graeme Taylor
Global Veterinary Seminar on Animal Welfare
In the context of the 31st World Veterinary Congress, a global veterinary seminar to discuss animal welfare bringing together eminent veterinarians and experts was organised by the World Veterinary Association and the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe.
The seminar, supported and chaired by the European Commission, brought focus on the importance of animal welfare for the veterinary profession and aimed to highlight practical tools for veterinarians to implement EU animal welfare policy in their daily work. Over 1250 experts attended the Congress, making this the biggest vet event in Europe.
Development of guidelines on the welfare of pigs
Member States and other invited stakeholders were present at this second working group meeting to discuss development of guidelines. As an introduction David Main from EU WelNet gave a presentation of the e-learning tool developed by them on provision of enrichment material and avoidance of tail-docking. Birte Broberg presented the Danish approach with both the authority guidelines and the industry developed ten point plan.
It was agreed that the guidelines are to be addressed to farmers on a topic by topic basis and that these two will be developed first.
Venue – Brussels
Conference on Animal, Plant and Control Package: Smarter Rules for Safer Food
The package of measures provide a modernised and simplified, more risked-based approach to the protection of health and more efficient control tools to ensure the effective application of the rules guiding the operation of the food chain.
The current body of EU legislation covering the food chain consists of almost 70 pieces of legislation. The package of reform will cut this down to 5 pieces of legislation and will also reduce the red-tape on processes and procedures for farmers, breeders and food business operators (producers, processors and distributors) to make it easier for them to carry out their profession.
Businesses will benefit from simpler, science and risk-based rules in terms of reduced administrative burden, more efficient processes and measures to finance and strengthen the control and eradication of animal diseases and plant pests. Consumers will benefit from safer products and a more effective and more transparent system of controls along the chain.
The purpose of this conference is to provide an opportunity for the Commission to formally present its proposal to stakeholders and journalists; and, to encourage an open and transparent debate before the European Parliament and Council formally begin their deliberations.
Venue – Charlemagne Building, Rue de la Loi 170, 1000 Brussels
Enforcement of animal welfare during transport - Bringing Best Practice to Light
The conference, which has been organised by the European Commission in co-operation with the Irish Presidency and with the support of UECBV (The European Livestock and Meat Trading Union), will:
Caring for Health and Welfare of fish: A critical success factor for aquaculture
Boulevard Roi Albert II 5, Brussels
The conference organised by Federation of Veterinarians of Europe(FVE), in association with the Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the support of the European Commission, aims at bringing together the different stakeholders in the field of aquaculture. The purpose of this event is to review the current situation in the EU and identify animal health and welfare issues that need to be addressed. Further to this, it will look into the role of the veterinary profession in assuring these matters.
- Registrations are open on-line and the registration fee will cover documentation, coffee breaks and the evening reception at the end of the first day.
More information is also available on the FVE website.
International Solidarity to fight against Antimicrobial Resistance
Worldwide conference on the prudent use of antimicrobial agents in animals in Paris
The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), organiser of the conference, has received the full support of the European Commission, who has placed the fight against antimicrobial resistance (AMR) on top of its priority list.
Over the past decades, irresponsible and incorrect use of antibiotics in human and veterinary medicines have accelerated the emergence and spread of resistant bacteria. The situation has worsened for lack of investments in developing effective antibiotics. Each year, drug resistant infections result in 25.000 patients dying and €1.5bn healthcare costs and productivity losses in the EU.
In response to the severity of the problem, the Commission launched, in 2011, a 5-year Action Plan against AMR in the human and veterinary areas. The OIE's conference is one of the activities of the Commission's plan. It aims to present an overview of the current situation on AMR, encourage international cooperation, explore opportunities to improve data collection on antimicrobial usage in animals and the development of antimicrobial resistance, and present research projects on the development of new antimicrobials and alternatives to treatment.
For more information on:
Commission to issue guidelines on the welfare of pigs.
The Commission and stakeholders met in Brussels to discuss how to improve pig welfare. The debate focused primarily on pig tail-docking and the provision of manipulable material. The Commission intends to produce EU guidelines on pig welfare, on the basis of legal requirements, available national guidelines and scientific knowledge.
Stakeholders' open debate on a possible revised EU legislative framework for animal welfare
The European Commission is considering the possibility of establishing a legislative framework for animal welfare as envisaged in the communication on the EU strategy for the protection and welfare of animals.
In order to prepare this initiative, the Commission is organising an open debate for stakeholders and Member States. The debate is divided into four topics:
- Animal welfare indicators;
- Information to consumers;
- An EU network of reference centres;
- The competence of personnel dealing with animals.
The Commission organised a meeting with stakeholders and Member States on the state of implementation of Council Directive 2008/120/EC. During the meeting various perspectives, experiences, and suggestions to ensure the proper implementation of group housing of sows were presented and afterwards discussed.