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Parliamentary questions
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12 August 2019
E-002271/2019(ASW)
Answer given by Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-002271/2019

The welfare of companion animals in the EU, including dogs as referred to by the Honourable Member, falls outside the scope of EU legislation.

Article 13 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union(1) stipulates that: In formulating and implementing the Union's agriculture, fisheries, transport, internal market, research and technological development and space policies, the Union and the Member States shall, since animals are sentient beings, pay full regard to the welfare requirements of animals (…).

This article does not empower the Union to legislate on animal welfare as such. It is only where EU policies in the abovementioned areas may or are likely to impact on the welfare of animals that the Commission can propose legislation.

(1)Consolidated version of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (OJ C 326, 26.10.2012, p. 47).

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