Joint answer given by Mr Füle on behalf of the Commission Written questions :E-014305/13 , E-013965/13
The EU legislation on animal welfare covers a large field, from animal welfare in farms and zoos, animal testing in laboratories, to the movement and transport of pets. However, the welfare of dogs and cats does not fall under the EU's competence but within the remit of Member States' administrations. Therefore, the Commission is not in a position either to propose to Bosnia and Herzegovina specific instruments regarding the welfare of stray dogs (e.g. sterilisation instead of euthanasia) nor to make any direct link between the Instrument for Pre-Accession (IPA) funds and amendments to the national law on animal welfare.
The alignment of national animal welfare legislation with EC law is a prerequisite for EU membership, with the objective of full application of EU legislation upon the country's accession to the EU. In the case of Bosnia and Herzegovina, there is legislation in place (Law on Animal Welfare), but this is not fully implemented.
The Commission monitors regularly the enforcement of EU legislation on animal welfare through inspection services, spot audits and technical trainings. Technical assistance is available and offered to candidate and potential candidate countries both for the transposition and the implementation of EU legislation.