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Debates
Tuesday, 12 April 2016 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Breeding animals and their germinal products (A8-0288/2015 - Michel Dantin)
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  Philippe De Backer (ALDE), in writing. – I voted in favour of this legislative resolution. Europe’s genetic biodiversity is indispensable to a healthy Europe and therefore needs to be protected. As the biodiversity of one Member State affects that of the other, this can only be achieved through harmonised EU-wide legislation. However, at the same time, we need to leave enough breathing space for science and innovation. In its current form, this resolution will do both these things. It will protect our valuable local breeds both efficiently and effectively, where needed. With regard to innovation, it calls for harmonisation and simplification. The combination of these two will result in a healthier, more competitive livestock industry, increasing the EU’s competitiveness and ensuring the food-safety of our citizens. It will be easier to import animals and their genetic material for the sake of breeding, according to specific, transparent and harmonised rules, that are safeguarded by one central authority.

 
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