Answer given by Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the Commission
The Commission has no competence to stop the export of live animals to third countries under current EC law. The decision to export is taken by private operators in Member States. Article 13 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) requires that the Union and Member States pay full regard to the welfare requirements of animals in formulating and implementing certain policies of the Union(1). The scope of Article 13 TFEU does not extend to the Common Commercial Policy and consequently does not cover exports to third countries.
The Commission is taking action to raise awareness in the Middle East by organising a multi-beneficiary Technical Assistance and Information Exchange (TAIEX) workshop on welfare practices at the time of slaughter. This will be held in Beirut on 9 — 10 March 2015 and will involve expert speakers from the EU and World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). The workshop will address animal welfare in slaughterhouses with reference to international OIE guidelines and standards on welfare at the time of slaughter. Experts from the EU and other countries will present information and share experiences in best practice for slaughter. Participants include state veterinary officials and those responsible for slaughterhouses from Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan, Palestine, Egypt and Algeria.