Posted on 13/10/2011
Posted on 12/10/2011
Eurogroup for Animals is extremely disappointed that the Commission in the proposals published today has missed the opportunity to address the animal welfare problems caused by very intensive systems of agricultural production. These systems cause distress to millions of farm animals and go against the concerns of Europe’s citizens who expect their food to be produced without animal suffering.
Posted on 10/10/2011
For the first time, the European Parliament will decide, in common with the Council, on the revision of the General System of Preferences.
Since 1971, the European Union has granted trade preferences to developing countries. As part of the EU’s external action the General System of Preferences is granted to all countries sharing common needs for development, as the EU Trade is also governed by the contribution to development.
Posted on 06/10/2011
In a remarkable intervention at the European Parliament’s Agriculture Committee yesterday afternoon the Commissioner in charge of animal welfare announced that he would stand firm and not postpone the upcoming 2012 ban on the use of battery cages. But he continued saying that he is looking for a “solution” for those producers who have not changed their system to allow them to continue to sell their eggs.
Posted on 05/10/2011
Eurogroup welcomes the strong position maintained by Commissioner Dalli today at the European Parliament’s Agriculture Committee concerning enforcement of the ban on barren battery cages for laying hens. His commitment to protect the welfare of millions of laying hens and enforce the ban is however rather hollow as he already knows that several member states have not and will not switch in time.
Posted on 04/10/2011
Export refunds are used as a market measure to help producers cope with difficult market situation. They are one of the market instruments designed in the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP). When the CAP was reviewed in 2003, the payment of export refunds for live cattle exported to third countries remained in place. This mechanism encourages transport over long distances, with all the associated animal welfare problems.