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Parliamentary questions
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31 August 2011
Answer given by Mr Dalli on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-007788/2011

The issues of stray dogs and their protection have already been addressed by the Commission in the replies to Written Question E‑003631/2010, E‑006744/2010, P‑007928/2010, E‑004111/2011, E- 005026/2011 and E‑005087/2011(1).

Referring to the Honourable Member's specific questions:

1. There is no EU rule on the way stray dogs should be killed and therefore the control of stray dog populations falls under Member States' responsibility.
2. Article 13 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union(2) requires the Union and the Member States to pay full regard to the welfare requirements of animals in the framework of specific EU policies(3). However, this Article does not extend the use of EU competencies which according to Article 5 of the Treaty on the European Union is governed by the principles of conferral, subsidiarity and proportionality.

More specifically, the treatment of stray dogs is not subject to particular EU rules and there is no prima facie evidence that this issue falls within the remits of EU competences. Therefore, the control of stray dog population remains under the sole responsibility of the Member States.

The Commission is, however, contributing to several educational initiatives, some of them addressing the welfare of stray animals. One example is CAROdog(4), a project developed by several partners for the better management of stray dog populations.

3. Since there is no EU legislation governing this matter, the Commission has no competence to take any action towards the Romanian authorities.

(2)OJ C 83, 30.3.2010, p. 47.
(3)Agriculture, fisheries, transport, internal market, research and technological development and space.

OJ C 146 E, 24/05/2012
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