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Parliamentary questions
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2 March 2020
E-004425/2019(ASW)
Answer given by Ms Kyriakides
on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-004425/2019

The primary responsibility to enforce EU legislation lies with the competent authorities of the Member States.

For the Commission to take action against a given Member State, it would need evidence of systematic failure of the Member States’ competent authorities to implement EU rules, in this case concerning animal welfare of farm animals.

In the case referred to by the Honourable Member, the Commission has not received this evidence, and therefore cannot intervene at this point in time.

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