On 10 September 2013, the Romanian Parliament adopted a new law allowing the authorities to euthanise thousands of healthy stray dogs if they are not adopted by citizens within a period of 14 days. The Romanian Constitutional Court already withdrew a similar law in 2012, as it was considered to be in conflict with the Romanian Constitution.
Article 13 of the Lisbon Treaty stipulates that ‘in formulating and implementing the Union’s […] policies, the Union and the Member States shall, since animals are sentient beings, pay full regard to the welfare requirements of animals.’ I therefore wish to ask the Commission, in its capacity as guardian of the Treaties (please answer separately):
Does the new Romanian law contradict Article 13 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union? If not, why not?
What measures can the Commission take and effectively implement in order to ensure that Romania abides by the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union?
What measures can the Commission take and implement effectively in order to ensure that the Romanian authorities abide by their country’s constitution?
Which of the aforementioned measures will the Commission take in order to ensure that Romania abides by the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union as well as its own constitution?