Eurogroup for Animals has launched a Memorandum outlining its position on animal welfare related policies that will be discussed as part of the Greek Presidency of the Council of the European Union and was formally presented to the Presidency on Thursday 30 January 2014.
The European institutions have increased their pace of work to ensure as many pending legislative proposals are completed before the elections as possible and it is vital that the Greek Presidency does not lose sight of the importance of protecting animal welfare and ensuring that the highest standards are maintained throughout their Presidency.
The 12 key priorities that Eurogroup for Animals urges the Greek Presidency to support are for example about farm and research animals, as well as trade and wildlife.
“The Presidency has a central role to play in ensuring that animals are fully considered as sentient beings and that their welfare is taken into account when elaborating EU policies. We hope that the Greek Presidency will take its responsibility seriously as a number of important policies will be decided during the ahead of the European elections that will have a direct impact on animal welfare,” said Reineke Hameleers, Director at Eurogroup for Animals.
Source: Eurogroup for Animals