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Parliamentary question - E-004893/2021(ASW)Parliamentary question

Answer given by Mr Várhelyi on behalf of the European Commission

The EU legislation on animal welfare sets out the minimum standards for the protection of farm animals and animals kept for scientific purposes . The Commission monitors the alignment of Albania’s legislation with the EC law in this area, notably through the policy dialogue in the context of the EU-Albania Stabilisation and Association Agreement. The Commission assesses regularly the situation in its reports on Albania, the latest of which was issued on 19 October 2021[1].

Under the existing EU animal welfare legislation, the welfare of dogs is regulated only in limited circumstances, in particular during transport in connection with an economic activity. Any remaining aspects concerning the welfare of dogs, including stray dogs, is subject to Member States’ national legislation.

Although the welfare of stray dogs is not governed by EU rules, some concrete actions have been and are still undertaken by the Commission. In particular, the Commission supports the work of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) on guidelines for the control of stray dog populations[2]. Albania is a member of the OIE.

In addition, within the framework of the OIE Regional Platform on Animal Welfare for Europe[3], the Commission is assisting OIE member countries in the Balkan region, including Albania, to achieve compliance with the standards set-up by the guidelines.

Last updated: 31 January 2022
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