The tragic sinking in December of a boat transporting more than 14 500 live sheep on the shores of Romania raises many questions about the place of animal welfare in the trade and transport policies of the European Union. A great number of Members of the European Parliament have expressed their views about this concerning issue and will, hopefully, continue to fight for the protection of animal welfare during this ninth legislative term. The UEVP highlights the necessity for continuous cooperation between the European Commission and veterinarians from all Member-States in the field of animal welfare policies and welcomes the joint renewed motivation of all European institutions in the development of such policies.
Wishing you all a very happy new year!

Piotr KWIECIŃSKI, UEVP President