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Expert Group on Animal welfare

Aim of the group


See Commission Register of Expert Groups for information on this group – Code E02668.


10-11 April 2014 - Workshop on animal welfare for veterinary practitioners.

Veterinary practitioners from Poland, Austria, the Baltic Countries, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary and Slovakia.

Aim of the workshop:
To provide veterinarians with a deeper understanding of animal welfare and will focus on the legislation, the critical issues and species-specific assessment schemes. In addition to the theoretical presentations there will be practical sessions on-farm and in a zoo, where participants can put their theoretical knowledge into practice.

Agenda - aktualna wersja programu

18 January 2012 - Stakeholders and Member States' meeting on the implementation of the ban on cat and dog fur

Main points discussed:

  1. 1. Presentation by the Commission of the main elements of the future report on the implementation of the Regulation banning cat and dog fur.
  2. 2. Presentations by stakeholders, Member States and DG TAXUD and DG ENTR on: 1) Regulation (EC) No 1007/2011 on labelling of textiles, 2) Methods of analysis for identifying the species of origin of fur, 3) Taxation and customs system to control illegal imports of dog and cat fur, 4) Impact of the ban on cat and dog fur on the fur industry, 5) Implementation of the ban on cat and dog fur in Austria.
  3. 3. Questions and discussion on the state of implementation with MS and stakeholders.

Main conclusions:

  1. 1. Most Member States have a system of controls in place to enforce the ban on cat and dog fur.
  2. 2. SANCO will take into account the discussions of the meeting to finalize the report to the EP and Council on the implementation of the ban on cat and dog fur. Detailed information (methods of analysis, answers from MS) will be presented in the annexes. The report will be made publicly available.

23 February 2012 - Expert Group on Animal Welfare during Transport

Member States experts on animal welfare during transport.

Main points discussed:

The meeting is a follow up action in relation to the Report from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council on the impact of Council Regulation (EC) No 1/2005 on the protection of animals during transport.

The Commission presented its initiatives aiming at improving enforcement of animal welfare during transport including a harmonisation of Member States' annual reporting to the Commission on their checks carried out in relation to animal transport and harmonisation of the use of the navigation systems.

Next meeting will be held in March 2012, where draft documents on these topics will be presented and discussed.