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Parliamentary questions
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12 July 2013
Answer given by Mr Füle on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-005695/2013

In line with Article 13 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, the European Commission attaches great importance to animal welfare. A considerable body of Union legislation has already been adopted for the protection of animal welfare, which however does not concern the protection of stray animals.

In relation to Serbia, the management of animal shelters and populations of stray animals by the national competent authorities, remain under the remit of the Serbian government and is as such not covered by the accession process.

Nevertheless, the Serbian government has informed the Commission that, following several complaints regarding the situation in dog shelters in Pozega, the Serbian Veterinary Directorate carried out an official control on 9 May 2013. Following this control it was concluded that the shelter satisfied all general and specific conditions according to the Serbian legislation on animal welfare.

OJ C 41 E, 12/02/2014
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