The European Commission has adopted a Decision extending the mandate of the EU Platform on Animal Welfare until 30 June 2021. Launched in 2017, the Platform is now widely recognised as an important tool for exchanging of best practices and undertaking non-legislative initiatives.
The Platform assists the Commission with the development and exchange of coordinated actions on animal welfare with a particular focus on:
- better application of EU rules on animal welfare, through exchanges of information and best practices and the direct involvement of stakeholders,
- the development and use of voluntary commitments by businesses to further improve animal welfare,
- the promotion of EU animal welfare standards to valorise the market value of the Union's products at the global level.
The additional time will ensure the continuity of the dialogue and the activities of the members on specific animal welfare files.
During the 6th meeting, on 7th October 2019, the members adopted several conclusions on animal transport, welfare of pigs and equines. The 7th meeting of the Platform is scheduled to take place in the first semester of 2020.
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