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Parliamentary questions
1 February 2012
E-012014/2011
Answer given by Mr Dalli on behalf of the Commission

The Commission attaches great importance to animal welfare. Animals are recognised as sentient beings by Article 13 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union and the Union institutions are obliged to pay full regard to the welfare requirements of animals.

Although a considerable body of EU legislation for the protection of farm animals has been adopted, the issue of welfare of companion animals is not governed at EU level and therefore remains under the responsibility of the Member States. As regards third countries, the Commission is not entitled to intervene in their domestic legislation or its enforcement.

The Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) with the Philippines contains special provisions on cooperation on animal welfare. In the implementation of the PCA, the Commission will continue working to increase awareness and create a greater consensus on animal welfare issues as well as to increase the capacity of the competent authorities of the Philippines responsible for animal welfare.

The Commission will ensure that animal welfare issues are raised in the context of the ongoing Free Trade Agreement negotiations.

OJ C 66 E, 07/03/2013
Last updated: 9 February 2012Legal notice