Since the summer break, the European Parliament has organised an exchange of views on new initiatives and incentives to be put in place to improve the accessibility and availability of antimicrobial medicines, in order to avoid critical shortages such as those previously faced by the European Union. Access to medicines – notably veterinary medicines – is a priority for our profession.

On the animal health front, recent months have been particularly impacted by the increase in detected cases of avian influenza, African swine fever and goat pox. In response, the European Commission is taking measures to prevent, monitor and manage new outbreaks.

As regards the revision of the European animal welfare legislation, the topic was not mentioned in the State of the Union speech by the President of the European Commission and is not included for the moment in the agenda of the commissioners meetings until December. As a wide revision was in preparation, the only official announce is that a revision of the legislation regarding animal protection during transportation will be presented in December. We will keep closely following the discussions on this key topic for veterinarians.

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