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Parliamentary questions
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31 January 2017
Question for written answer E-000591-17
to the Commission
Rule 130
Louis Michel (ALDE)

 Subject:  Establishment of a European Animal Welfare Platform
 Answer in writing 

On 24 January 2017, the Commission announced the establishment of a European Animal Welfare Platform. Consisting of experts, the platform would, in particular, conduct a thorough review of ways of improving the application of European law on animal welfare. However, it does not seem that the aim includes proposing any fresh legislation.

In the light of recent scandals involving the disclosure of acts of cruelty against animals at abattoirs, the establishment of this European platform is to be welcomed.

Will the Commission regularly assess the results of the work done by this platform and, if appropriate, will the Commission inform the appropriate committee of the European Parliament so that it can be kept abreast of the work and can contribute to the debate?

On the basis of the platform’s work, and if any inadequacies in European law are clearly identified, will the Commission draft legislative proposals, even if that does not appear to be the aim that has been announced?

Original language of question: FR 
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