Commissioner Tonio Borg is responsible for the Directorate General for Health and Consumers. The Directorate General, whose Director General is Ms Paola Testori Coggi, has a number of different tasks in relation to Animal Welfare.
- management of the Scientific Committees on consumer health and food safety; the work of the Committees is based on the principles of excellence, independence and transparency. One of them is the Scientific Committee on Animal Health and Animal Welfare. The SCAHAW held its final plenary meeting on 24-25 April 2003. Responsibility for the provision of scientific advice in this field has now been transferred to the Panel on Animal Health and Welfare of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
- development of new legislation regarding animal welfare standards on the farm, during transport and at slaughter, and development of other policy initiatives in this area
- taking action to ensure correct implementation of the existing legislation in these areas by the Member States in its role of guardian of the EU treaties
- management of the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health where representatives of the Member States discuss current issues in relation to veterinary matters (animal health, animal welfare, public health) and approve urgent measures when necessary
- Inspections and controls in Member States to check that competent authorities apply Community legislation in an effective and uniform manner are undertaken by the Food and Veterinary Office.
- On 6 August 2004 the European Commission adopted a decision to create an Advisory Group on the Food Chain and Animal and Plant Health accompanied by a Commission Communication concerning the creation of an advisory group on the food chain and animal and plant health and the establishment of a consultation procedure on the food chain and animal and plant health through representative European bodies.
The Commission shall consult the group on its programme of work in various fields, including animal welfare.
On the other hand competent authorities of the Member States are responsible for:
- transposition of directives in national legislation
- implementation of Community rules at national level
- the day to day enforcement of the Community rules through their national legislation and control activities.