Animals - Events
Events - 2013
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.
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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.