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29 November 2016 - Food Losses and Food Waste: kick-off meeting for EU platform

Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis, in charge of Health and Food Safety, will address members of the EU Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste (FLW) at its inaugural meeting. Launched as part of the Circular Economy Package Action Plan, this Platform will spearhead EU efforts to fight food waste from farm to fork.

The meeting will be chaired by Sabine Juelicher, Director for Food and Feed Safety & Innovation at DG SANTE . It will take place at the Jacques Delors building (Rue Belliard 99-101), in Brussels, this Tuesday, 29 November, from 09h00 till 18h00.

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18 November 2016: European Antibiotic Awareness Day

14-20 November 2016: World Antibiotic Awareness Week (World Health Organisation)

4-6th October 2016: Meeting and Webinar on Actions to Prevent Tailbiting and Reduce Tail docking of Pigs

Conference on Food Safety and Nutrition in 2050

24 June 2016 - High level conference on FOOD AUTHENTICITY AND INTEGRITY

9 December, 2015 - Public Meeting for European Union Member States, Industry, Consumer Groups and Other Interested Stakeholders on the final rules recently published under the United States (U.S.) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)

In cooperation with the European Commission’s Directorate General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE) the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will hold a public meeting for EU Stakeholders on new rules recently published under the U.S. Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) including:

  • Preventive Controls for Human Foods
  • Preventive Controls for Animal Food
  • Produce Safety
  • Foreign Supplier Verification Programs
  • Accreditation of Third-Party Auditors

These rules will be of interest to food business operators manufacturing, processing, packing, holding, and importing FDA-regulated food products into the U.S. and other EU Stakeholders.


Places are limited and therefore please note that registration may close once the maximum number of participants is reached or at the latest by 2 December 2015 at 12.00 Brussels time.

The submission of a registration form does not constitute a confirmation. During and/or after closure of registration, potential participants will be informed whether or not they have been selected for participation. The organisers reserve the right to limit the number of participants from any single entity to allow a broad representation of stakeholders. Please also check your junk/spam inbox for a confirmation email.

Practical information

Registration is free of charge. Please note that no costs of participation will be reimbursed by the FDA or the European Commission.

More information

  • A draft meeting programme can be found herepdf.
  • More information can be found on FDA’s FSMA web page.
  • Registration is now closed

12-13 November, 2015 - Xylella fastidiosa: knowledge gaps and research priorities for the EU

Xylella fastidiosa: knowledge gaps and research priorities for the EU

22-23 October 2015 - Transatlantic Taskforce on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)

15 October, 2015, Milan EXPO
Conference: Fight Food Waste, Feed the Planet

Conference: Fight Food Waste, Feed the Planet

10 October, 2015, Milan EXPO
Conference on Innovation in Food

Conference on Innovation in Food

17 July, 2015 - Conference on Food Safety and Nutrition in 2050

Conference on Food Safety and Nutrition in 2050

14 July 2015, Milan EXPO
Conference on climate change and food security: challenges for plant health, plant breeding and genetic resources

Conference on climate change and food security

08 July, 2015 - Food safety audits - Making best use of a valuable resource

Food safety audits - Making best use of a valuable resource

03 July 2015, Milan EXPO
Conference on 'Nutrition, Health and Food Information - Know what you eat'

Conference on 'Nutrition, Health and Food Information - Know what you eat'

10 June 2015 - Seminar on Animal welfare as a way to preserve diversity & quality in animal production

Conference on Food Safety and Nutrition in 2050

05 May 2015 - Conference on Wildlife 'Health and species protection: converging or diverging objectives?

Conference on Wildlife 'Health and species protection: converging or diverging objectives?

08 December, 2014 - 2nd Global Webinar on Animal Welfare

2nd Global Webinar on Animal Welfare

01 December, 2014 - IWTO Multi Stakeholder meeting

IWTO Multi Stakeholder meeting

23-24 October, 2014 - Food Fraud Conference

Food Fraud Conference

13-14 October, 2014 - Animal Welfare Workshop

Animal Welfare Workshop

01 July, 2014 - 2nd Stakeholder meeting

2nd Stakeholder meeting

07 May, 2014 - Expert Stakeholder Group Meeting

Welfare of Horses

The European Commission hosted an equine expert meeting on 7 May 2014. The purpose of the meeting was to:

  1. Explore issues affecting equines and the multifaceted equine sector;
  2. Set the stage for a possible conference to help inform the European Union's approach to equine welfare; and
  3. Provide a sound point of departure for a report being prepared by World Horse Welfare and Eurogroup for Animals that will feed into the European Commission's equine impact assessment.

More information on the meeting can be found in the following links:

29 April, 2014 - World Veterinary Day - Animal Welfare

Veterinary leadership: "Empowering tools for vets in the field of Animal Welfare"

Following the huge success of the WVA Global Seminar on Animal Welfare (held in Prague on 17-18 September 2013), the WVA and the European Commission agreed to keep “alive” the global panel discussions platform on Animal Welfare and to organize a follow up event via webinar with the participation of representatives from AVMA, EFSA, EC, FAO, FVE, IVSA, OIE, WSPA, WVA and others.

We regret that due to the considerable interest in this seminar we have been unable to accept all requests for registration. All those accepted have been sent a confirmation by e-mail. Our apologies to those who could not be accommodated. We shall make every effort to include you in future events and a report of the proceedings will be published.

10-12 April, 2014 - Animal Welfare Workshop, Warsaw, Poland

EN - Improving animal welfare: a practical approach

The workshop will focus on the animal welfare legislation applicable per species, the critical welfare issues and species-specific welfare assessment schemes. It will consist of both a theoretical and a practical on-farm session, where participants can bring their theoretical knowledge into practice.A specific working group will be formed for veterinarians involved with wild animals in captivity.

This workshop in Warsaw, being a part of a series of workshops is, is mainly targeted at veterinary farm animal practitioners and official veterinarians from Poland, Austria, the Baltic countries, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary and Slovakia. Some places will be reserved for veterinary or animal health related students and producers. Similar workshops were held in Budapest (Hungary), Barcelona (Spain), Riga (Latvia), Sinaii (Romania), Lasize (Italy) and in Zeist (Netherlands).

PL - Poprawa dobrostanu zwierząt – podejście praktyczne

Warsztaty składają się zarówno z części teoretycznej, jak i wizyt w gospodarstwach hodowlanych, w trakcie których uczestnicy będą mieli okazję sprawdzić świeżo nabytą wiedzę w praktyce.

Niniejsze warsztaty są częścią cyklu zajęć, które dotychczas odbyły się w Budapeszcie (Węgry), Barcelonie (Hiszpania), Rydze (Łotwa), Sinaii (Rumunia), Lazise (Włochy) i w Zeist (Holandia).

07 April, 2014 - Conference for Better Bee Health

Brussels, GASP room, Charlemagne Building

This conference, which will be opened by European Commissioner for Health, Tonio Borg, will present numerous strands of ongoing work in response to concerns in recent years for bee health and bee colony losses. It will present recent developments for better bee health, on EU apiculture funds, examples of projects for healthy and abundant bees (including wild bees), for good beekeeping, agricultural production and bees-related biodiversity. It aims to promote dialogue, knowledge transfer, coordination and a joined-up approach in the policy-science-practice triangle, at EU, national and local level and between the various disciplines, especially in recognition of the multi-factorial causes behind colony losses.

The conference may merit the interest of a wide scope of audience from the apiculture sector and the animal health area (policy experts from Member States, representatives from beekeeping organisations, NGOs, and individual beekeepers). It will also be important for bee and pollination scientists and researchers, designers and beneficiaries of rural development programmes, managers of agri-environment measures, farmers, landowners, producers and users of plant protection products and those interested in bees-related biodiversity projects

11 March, 2014 - Stakeholder meeting on development of guidelines on the welfare of pigs, Brussels

Development of guidelines on the welfare of pigs

Member States and other invited stakeholders were present at this meeting to discuss the further development of guidelines which were first proposed in March 2013. The Agenda attached below includes: draft issues of the guidelines and aide-memoire on tail-biting and the use of manipulable materials (available for consultation and comments) and presentation by EFSA on the use of animal welfare indicators.

12 February, 2014 - Conference on Animal Welfare

The achievements of the EU Strategy for the welfare of animals 2012-2015 - Mid-term review
Brussels, Charlemagne Building

Europeans care deeply about the ethical treatment of animals and have become world leaders in applying legislation on animal welfare. Although the EU Treaty recognises animals as sentient beings, animal welfare laws are meaningless without the commitment of farmers, veterinarians, transporters, public enforcement officers, retailers, researchers, educators and citizens. Ensuring the welfare of animal's from farm to fork is everyone's responsibility. The EU supports many innovative programmes for the improvement of animal care.

This conference provides the opportunity for a mid-term review of the 2012-2015 EU Strategy for the Protection and Welfare of Animals. It allows us to consider the achievements and challenges centred on four major themes: farming, transport and enforcement, food quality, education and training.

20-21 November 2013 - Seminar for EU Veterinary students

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

28 October 2013 - Conference on the welfare of dogs and cats in the EU


The welfare of dogs and cats in the EU - "Building a Europe that cares for companion animals"

The rise in the lucrative trade of cats and dogs has brought problems of its own: genetic selection, puppy farming, mutilation and inhumane disposal have far reaching consequences but to date there is no harmonised EU legislation to address the welfare concerns.

This first European conference seeks to provide stakeholders - government authorities, NGOs and those with a professional or personal interest - with an opportunity to discuss and reflect on the practical considerations that relate to companion animal welfare and to tackle the issues.

Amongst the many distinguished speakers, Prince Laurent of Belgium will be in attendance to present an opening address. The Prince has for many years maintained a keen interest in animal welfare and was instrumental in establishing a foundation that provides free veterinary care to pets belonging to people in difficult social situations.

Participation is free of charge and interpretation into English, French, German, Italian, Lithuanian and Spanish will be provided.

17-20 September 2013 - Conference on Global Veterinary Seminar on Animal Welfare, Prague

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.

  • Agendapdf
  • Key Address - Video of speech by Animal Sciences Professor, Temple Grandin of Colorado State University (200Mb)

9 September 2013 - Extended working group on the development of guidelines on the welfare of pigs

Extended Working Group

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

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13 June 2013 - Conference on Animal, Plant and Control Package: Smarter Rules for Safer Food

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

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29 May 2013 - Conference on the enforcement of animal welfare during transport - Bringing Best Practice to Light


Enforcement of animal welfare during transport - Bringing Best Practice to Light

Dublin Castle,
Dame Street
Dublin, Ireland

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:
- Facilitate the sharing of practical experiences of enforcement of EU legislation on animal welfare during transport
- Investigate the potential for novel approaches and modern technologies to promote better compliance.
- Provide an active discussion forum and networking opportunity.

16-17 May 2013 - Conference on caring for Health and Welfare of fish: A critical success factor for aquaculture

Caring for Health and Welfare of fish: A critical success factor for aquaculture

International Auditorium
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.

  • Agendapdf
  • 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.

13-15 March 2013 - Conference on international Solidarity to fight against Antimicrobial Resistance

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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8 March 2013 - Extended working group on the welfare of pigs

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.

22 February 2013 - Stakeholders' open debate on a possible revised EU legislative framework for animal welfare

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.

28 January 2013 - Stakeholders and MS Meeting group housing of sows

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.