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Parliamentary questions
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12 August 2020
Answer given by Ms Kyriakides
on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-002781/2020

The production of foie gras is regulated at EU level by Council Directive 98/58/EC on the protection of animals kept for farming purposes(1).

As pointed out in the reply to Question E-000179/2020, some Member States consider the production of foie gras as a cultural tradition and a regional heritage in accordance with Article 13 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union(2).

The Commission considers that the European Convention for the Protection of Animals kept for Farming Purposes has undoubtedly contributed in the past to make progress and bring about positive change in this area in Europe. However, the standing committee of this Convention stopped its activities almost 10 years ago.

On 20 May 2020, the Commission adopted the Farm to Fork Strategy(3), where it envisages evaluating and revising the EU legislation on animal welfare. This evaluation will assess the extent to which the current legislative framework has fulfilled its initial objectives and the extent to which these objectives are still valid.

It will also provide the basis to consider future actions in the area of animal welfare and includes looking at marketing standards.

(1)Directive 98/58/EC OJ L 221, 8.8.1998, p. 23
(2)Consolidated version of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, OJ C 326, 6.10.2012, p. 47.
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