World Vet Year 2011: Celebrating a significant contribution to the European citizens' daily lives
The European Union has come a long way in its efforts to better protect Animal Health, ensuring along the way Food Safety. The role of the veterinary profession, which celebrates this year its 250th anniversary, has been pivotal in making food in the EU safe. Health and Consumer Policy Commissioner, John Dalli, is speaking today in the Agricultural Council about the ongoing dioxin contamination in Germany, the recent African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreak in Russia and the Commission's Communication on bee-health – just three recent issues that underline the importance of the veterinary profession in the daily lives of the European citizen. Acknowledging this contribution, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) declared 2011 World Veterinary Year. The Year's opening ceremony is being held in the afternoon today in Versailles, France. The Commission actively participates in the event and, to raise awareness about the role of veterinarians, organises a photo competition, which was launched on Friday.