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Parliamentary questions
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30 August 2017
Answer given by Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-004939/2017

Concerning the use of closed circuit television in all EU slaughterhouses, the Commission would refer the Honourable Member to the answer to Written Question E-003291/2017 which explains in particular that the relevant EU legislation(1) requires operators to put in place monitoring procedures at slaughterhouses. This does not explicitly require the use of video surveillance. Member States may, however, choose to use video surveillance if they deem this necessary in their national context.

With due regard to the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality, the Commission considers that it is in the first place for the Member States to put in place appropriate monitoring mechanisms in line with Union law. The Commission does not therefore consider it necessary at the current stage to propose to use video surveillance for checking compliance in slaughterhouses.

It is worth recalling that the competent authorities of the Member States are primarily responsible for ensuring compliance with EU rules on animal welfare.

Nevertheless, the Commission has engaged in initiatives to support Member States in improving compliance: the Commission has published a brochure(2) on the role of the animal welfare officer in slaughterhouses; Commission experts have performed a series of audits(3) within the Member States; and finally the Commission will publish at the end of 2017 elements for best practices on the protection of animals at the time of killing.

(1)Council Regulation (EC) No 1099/2009 on the protection of animals at the time of killing (OJ L 303, 18.11.2009, p. 1‐30)
(3)Overview report 2013-2015. Reference: 2015-7213 http://ec.europa.eu/food/audits-analysis/overview_reports/details.cfm?rep_id=85

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