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Parliamentary questions
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3 December 2013
Answer given by Ms Geoghegan-Quinn on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-011768/2013

The European Animal Welfare Platform (EAWP)(1) is a European project funded under FP7(2), which brings together producers, retailers and civil society actors to address animal welfare issues in the food chain. This three-year project (2008‐ 2011) received a total EU contribution of circa EUR 1 million.

The platform facilitated the exchange of knowledge between stakeholders and proved successful in identifying key welfare issues, proposing goals for welfare improvement, disseminating best practices on animal welfare standards, and identifying research priorities.

The knowledge gained during the EAWP has been used for the 2010 ‘Evaluation of the EU policy on Animal Welfare and Possible Options for the Future’(3), which led to the EU strategy for the protection and welfare of animals 2012-2015(4). Some of the problems identified by EAWP are examined by other research projects, such as leg disorders in the recently selected ProHealth project(5). The Commission supports wider dissemination by promoting the reuse of the project’s results for the development of new projects(6) and encouraging stakeholder collaboration.

Furthermore, at the request of the European Parliament, the Commission launched a pilot project on a European coordinated animal welfare network (EUWelNet), which started in January 2013(7), building upon the knowledge and stakeholder network generated by the EAWP.

(2)The Seventh Framework Programme for Research, Technological Development and Demonstration Activities (FP7, 2007-2013).
(4)COM(2012) 6 final, 15.2.2012.
(6)Other animal welfare assessment projects : AWIN: http://www.animal-welfare-indicators.net andAWARE: http://www.aware-welfare.eu

OJ C 218, 10/07/2014
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