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EU food quality scheme

08-07-2019

The quality of European agricultural products often relies on their geographical origins, the traditional recipes used to make them, and the methods used in production and processing. These human and geographical factors are intrinsic to making a product unique. In 1992, the EU developed a quality scheme for foodstuffs, including the designation of their origin. The objectives of the EU quality scheme are to provide consumers with clear information, allowing them to make a more informed choice, and ...

The quality of European agricultural products often relies on their geographical origins, the traditional recipes used to make them, and the methods used in production and processing. These human and geographical factors are intrinsic to making a product unique. In 1992, the EU developed a quality scheme for foodstuffs, including the designation of their origin. The objectives of the EU quality scheme are to provide consumers with clear information, allowing them to make a more informed choice, and to indicate the added value of a given product. The protection of European local and gastronomic traditions, especially against imitation in third countries, is another important aim of the regulations. Consequently, the EU's engagement in protecting its registered products on the global market is a contentious issue in the negotiation of many trade agreements.

Animal medicines package

17-10-2018

In September 2014, the European Commission put forward a package of three proposals to update the legislative framework for veterinary medicines. More stringent rules are intended to tackle antimicrobial resistance and to improve the availability of veterinary medicines in the EU. During its October II plenary session, the European Parliament is expected to vote on the texts agreed in trilogue negotiations.

In September 2014, the European Commission put forward a package of three proposals to update the legislative framework for veterinary medicines. More stringent rules are intended to tackle antimicrobial resistance and to improve the availability of veterinary medicines in the EU. During its October II plenary session, the European Parliament is expected to vote on the texts agreed in trilogue negotiations.

EU animal welfare strategy, 2012-2015: State of play and possible next steps

11-10-2016

In recent decades, awareness of and concern for animal welfare have been constantly growing among citizens, businesses and policy-makers. Two Eurobarometer surveys – from 2006 and 2016 – revealed its increasing resonance with public opinion. The topic has been on the EU policy agenda for over 40 years, which has helped achieve considerable improvements in the living conditions of farm animals, and establish some of the world's highest animal welfare standards. In 2012, the EU adopted a strategy for ...

In recent decades, awareness of and concern for animal welfare have been constantly growing among citizens, businesses and policy-makers. Two Eurobarometer surveys – from 2006 and 2016 – revealed its increasing resonance with public opinion. The topic has been on the EU policy agenda for over 40 years, which has helped achieve considerable improvements in the living conditions of farm animals, and establish some of the world's highest animal welfare standards. In 2012, the EU adopted a strategy for the protection and welfare of animals covering the period until 2015. When this strategy was about to expire, discussions arose about its continuation and possible further policy steps. The European Commission has voiced its intention to focus on finalising the planned actions that are still outstanding and on improving the enforcement of existing rules. A previously envisaged proposal for an EU legislative framework on animal welfare has not been followed up. A similar approach prevailed in the Council of the EU, where Member States too have prioritised the enforcement of existing rules over the introduction of new legislation. They have backed the project of creating an animal welfare platform, which would serve as a forum for discussing all relevant matters. The European Parliament has advocated a general EU animal welfare law since the launch of the strategy. In recent resolutions, it has urged the Commission to draw up a new animal welfare strategy for the 2016-2020 period, to ensure continuity of action. Concerned about the need to uphold the high level of animal protection and the competitiveness of European producers, it has also called on the Commission to be more ambitious when including animal welfare standards in international negotiations.

Review of medicated feed legislation

21-06-2016

In 2014 the Commission presented a proposal for a regulation on medicated feed with the aim to update and harmonise rules which date from 1990. These rules are currently laid out in a directive, which would be repealed and replaced by a regulation. According to the Commission, the need to harmonise the production, marketing and use of medicated feed at EU level results from differences in national implementation that cause difficulties for producers and animal holders and create obstacles in the ...

In 2014 the Commission presented a proposal for a regulation on medicated feed with the aim to update and harmonise rules which date from 1990. These rules are currently laid out in a directive, which would be repealed and replaced by a regulation. According to the Commission, the need to harmonise the production, marketing and use of medicated feed at EU level results from differences in national implementation that cause difficulties for producers and animal holders and create obstacles in the single market. The revised provisions should also contribute to tackling the problem of antimicrobial resistance. Another aim would be to expand the scope of the regulation to pet animals to facilitate the availability of medicated feed for them. The legislation on medicated feed is strongly interrelated with the legislation on veterinary medicines. This proposal was therefore presented together with the draft regulation on veterinary medicinal products and legislative work on both acts is being coordinated to assure consistency between their provisions. On 15 March 2016, the Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development adopted its report on the proposal and decided to open interinstitutional negotiations.

Zootechnical legislation

05-04-2016

The European Commission has proposed to consolidate the existing EU zootechnical legislation which covers breeding, trade in and import of breeding animals, into a single regulation. In April, the European Parliament is due to debate and vote on the compromise text agreed in trilogue.

The European Commission has proposed to consolidate the existing EU zootechnical legislation which covers breeding, trade in and import of breeding animals, into a single regulation. In April, the European Parliament is due to debate and vote on the compromise text agreed in trilogue.

Animal health law: Rules on transmissible animal diseases

14-03-2016

Transmissible animal diseases can have a significant impact on animal and public health and on the economy. Current EU legislation in the field developed over decades and consists of a large number of acts. In an evaluation initiated by the Commission, the legislation was assessed as generally well-functioning and effective, but also as complex and lacking an overarching strategy. The rules, often adopted in response to crises, focus on combating diseases rather than on prevention. The Commission ...

Transmissible animal diseases can have a significant impact on animal and public health and on the economy. Current EU legislation in the field developed over decades and consists of a large number of acts. In an evaluation initiated by the Commission, the legislation was assessed as generally well-functioning and effective, but also as complex and lacking an overarching strategy. The rules, often adopted in response to crises, focus on combating diseases rather than on prevention. The Commission has proposed to create a single regulatory framework for rules related to the control of transmissible animal diseases. Most current provisions would be adapted, aligned and made more coherent. The proposed regulation would introduce prioritisation and categorisation of diseases, clarify responsibilities and place stronger focus on disease prevention. Most of the existing acts would be repealed. After trilogues in view of an early second reading agreement, Parliament approved the agreed text during its plenary session on 8 March 2016. This briefing updates an earlier edition, of 23 February 2016 – PE 577.977.

Animal health law

01-03-2016

The proposal for a regulation on animal health, presented by the European Commission in May 2013 as part of a wider package of initiatives on the agri-food chain, aims at integrating and simplifying EU legislation related to the control of transmissible animal diseases. Following trilogue negotiations in view of an early second reading agreement, a compromise has been reached and a vote in plenary is scheduled for the March session.

The proposal for a regulation on animal health, presented by the European Commission in May 2013 as part of a wider package of initiatives on the agri-food chain, aims at integrating and simplifying EU legislation related to the control of transmissible animal diseases. Following trilogue negotiations in view of an early second reading agreement, a compromise has been reached and a vote in plenary is scheduled for the March session.

Animal health law: Rules on transmissible animal diseases

23-02-2016

Transmissible animal diseases can have a significant impact on animal and public health and on the economy. Current EU legislation in the field developed over decades and consists of a large number of acts. In an evaluation initiated by the Commission, the legislation was assessed as generally well-functioning and effective, but also as complex and lacking an overarching strategy. The rules, often adopted in response to crises, focus on combating diseases rather than on prevention. The Commission ...

Transmissible animal diseases can have a significant impact on animal and public health and on the economy. Current EU legislation in the field developed over decades and consists of a large number of acts. In an evaluation initiated by the Commission, the legislation was assessed as generally well-functioning and effective, but also as complex and lacking an overarching strategy. The rules, often adopted in response to crises, focus on combating diseases rather than on prevention. The Commission has proposed to create a single regulatory framework for rules related to the control of transmissible animal diseases. Most current provisions would be adapted, aligned and made more coherent. The proposed regulation would introduce prioritisation and categorisation of diseases, clarify responsibilities and place stronger focus on disease prevention. Most of the existing acts would be repealed. After trilogues in view of an early second reading agreement, Parliament is expected to vote in plenary to confirm the agreed text in March 2016. A more recent edition of this document is available. Find it by searching by the document title at this address: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/thinktank/en/home.html

The Community Plant Variety Office

27-11-2015

The Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO), located in Angers (France), is a decentralised agency of the EU. Operational since 1995, it is responsible for the management of a specific intellectual property rights protection system covering the entire EU. It grants Community plant variety rights and maintains databases on plant varieties. Unlike most other EU agencies, it is fully self-financed and therefore not subject to budgetary discharge by the European Parliament.

The Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO), located in Angers (France), is a decentralised agency of the EU. Operational since 1995, it is responsible for the management of a specific intellectual property rights protection system covering the entire EU. It grants Community plant variety rights and maintains databases on plant varieties. Unlike most other EU agencies, it is fully self-financed and therefore not subject to budgetary discharge by the European Parliament.

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