Answer given by Mr Borg on behalf of the Commission
The Honourable Member is invited to refer to the answers to written questions E‐006543/2011, E-007161/2011, E-002062/2012 and E-005276/2013(1) which address the issues of stray dogs and of dog population management.
In the spirit of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union and in particular its Article 13 which acknowledges that animals are sentient beings, the Commission reminded to the Romanian Minister of Health the critical role of the national competent authorities in ensuring the full compliance with the OIE recommendations on stray dog population control.
The Romanian authorities have replied to the Commission letter providing information on the situation and the initiatives taken. The information has been shared with Member States authorities in the framework of the Standing Committee on the Food and Animal Health Chain.
EU competences do not allow the Commission to fund stray dog control programs.