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Parliamentary questions
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20 October 2015
Question for written answer E-013996-15
to the Commission
Rule 130
Martin Häusling (Verts/ALE)

 Subject:  Animal welfare standards in Ukraine
 Answer in writing 

In recent years there have been several cases involving Member State export credit agencies providing export credit guarantees for exports to Ukraine of farm animal housing equipment that does not meet EU standards. Under the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, Ukraine has to approximate its animal welfare legislation to that of the EU. Animal products from Ukraine, e.g. poultry meat and egg products, are beginning to enter the EU market.

1. When is Ukraine expected to submit its comprehensive strategy in accordance with Article 64(4) of the Association Agreement? How will the EU assist Ukraine with the approximation of its animal welfare legislation to that of the EU?

2. Does the Commission think that providing support for construction and equipment for agribusiness operations in Ukraine which do not meet EU farm animal housing standards will hamper the country’s transition process, and that this practice should therefore be discontinued?

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