The ongoing discussions on the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy reached a new milestone this month. Member States’ National Strategy Plans (NSPs), to be submitted for approval by the end of 2022, are being given incentives for new targets to be met to ensure better protection of animal welfare.

In parallel, a strong mobilisation of citizens, stakeholders and MEPs has led to the registration of a new European Citizens’ Initiative calling for the end of the slaughter age and a request to the European Commission for the designation of a EU Commissioner for Animal Welfare. All these actions, if confirmed, could have an impact on our profession.

Finally, the work on the EU strategy on vaccination of poultry to limit the spread of avian influenza is still ongoing in the Council of the European Union, a subject and exchange that we will actively participate and continue to follow closely.

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