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Parliamentary questions
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6 December 2019
Question for written answer E-004275/2019
to the Commission
Rule 138
Izaskun Bilbao Barandica (Renew)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Certifications to develop animal welfare labelling

The ‘Welfare Quality’ and ‘Animal Welfare Indicators’ (AWIN) research programmes are one of the pillars of the EU’s animal welfare policy. Indicators have been developed in these programmes to measure both the conditions under which livestock is bred and slaughtered, and the influence this has on the end quality of the products. One practical application of this work lies in the development of animal welfare certification procedures to help consumers distinguish products that have followed responsible animal welfare breeding and slaughter protocols, and thereby facilitate the spread of these protocols on EU farms. This policy may help overcome EU farmers’ fears about trade agreements such as the one being negotiated with Mercosur.

1. How far advanced is this certification work? Have any consolidated trials been carried out and does an assessment exist of how well they functioned and their results?

2. Is it possible to forecast when use of these certifications on the EU market will become standard practice?

3. Is there a campaign in the pipeline to promote the policy of labelling based on animal welfare across the EU?

Original language of question: ES
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