Considered a priority for the Belgian Presidency of the EU Council, a ministerial conference on animal health was held last month, underlining the importance of a preventive approach based on biosecurity and vaccination as tools for combating animal diseases. Our profession must therefore benefit from this political commitment and continue to put key issues on the political agenda.

In terms of animal health, the impact of detected cases of avian influenza, African swine fever and, more recently, sheep pox and goat pox has also required coordinated and targeted action. In response, the European Commission has taken measures to prevent, monitor and manage new epidemiological outbreaks.

As far as animal welfare is concerned, expectations vis-à-vis the European Commission are still not being fulfilled regarding the remaining legislation on animal welfare. While progress in the preparatory work and public consultations has been announced, a specific timetable remains unspecified. Let us continue to closely monitor the situation’s evolution…

Last but not least, to support the actions taken to promote the welfare of dogs and cats and their traceability, the UEVP is co-signatory to a Position Paper (here) aimed at raising awareness of our position and making concrete proposals to improve the identification and registration of these animals.

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