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Parliamentary questions
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18 April 2017
Question for written answer E-002735-17
to the Commission (Vice-President/High Representative)
Rule 130
Anja Hazekamp (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  VP/HR — Killing of stray dogs in Ukraine before the Eurovision Song Contest
 Answer in writing 

In the run-up to the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, a number of media outlets have been reporting on the killing of stray dogs in Ukraine.

1. In 2011, the Commission stated that there had been ‘some recent signs of progress’ with regard to ‘the brutal killing of stray dogs’ in Ukraine(1). Does the Commission still consider that the treatment of stray dogs in Ukraine has improved?

2. Does the VP/HR distance herself from the cruel treatment of stray dogs and will she raise her objection to Ukraine regarding the violation of the European Convention for the Protection of Pet Animals?

According to defenders of the Association Agreement with Ukraine, the Agreement should have helped to improve animal welfare in the country and made it possible at the request of a party to have consultations between the EU and Ukraine on animal welfare (Article 68).

3. On the basis of the Association Agreement and the Commission’s promise that it would ‘carefully follow the approximation process of the Ukrainian legislation’(2), would the VP/HR be able to consult with Ukraine and force the country to bring an end to the killing of stray dogs? If not, should better guarantees for animal welfare not be demanded during the negotiations?


Original language of question: NL 
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