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Parliamentary questions
8 May 2014
E-002498/2014
Answer given by Mr Füle on behalf of the Commission

The Commission is aware of the issue of stray dogs in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

The Commission refers the Honourable Member to the complaints related to similar issues in Romania (European Commission Reply to complaint CHAP(2013) 3076 (2013/C 343/10)(1).

The welfare and management of stray animal population is not governed by EU rules and remains under the sole responsibility of the country. The Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, which under Article 13 requires full regard for the welfare requirements of animals when formulating and implementing some EU policies, does not provide a legal base permitting all animal welfare issues to be addressed. The EU rules on the protection of animals at the time of killing (Council Regulation (EC) No 1099/2009) deal specifically with the killing of animals in slaughterhouses and those kept for farming purposes. Animals killed under other circumstances are not covered by this regulation.

The Commission supports the work of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) on Regional Platform on Animal Welfare for Europe, assisting OIE member countries, such as the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, to reach set standards.

(1)http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:52013XC1123(02)&rid=1

OJ C 324, 18/09/2014
Last updated: 8 May 2014Legal notice