This month, the European Commission announced a series of key measures to improve response and preparation for potential future needs for antibiotic products, and thus avoid critical shortages such as those faced by the European Union last winter. Indeed, access to medicines – including for veterinary use- is a priority for our profession.
In terms of animal welfare, several significant achievements can be highlighted:
- The European Commission has taken a decisive step towards the publication of the next revision of animal welfare legislation, which will cover a broad range of issues such as the slaughter of animals, transport and breeding conditions, among others. This publication is scheduled for autumn 2023.
- The European Commission has responded to the European citizens’ initiative calling for « Save Cruelty-free Cosmetics – Commit to a Europe without Animal Testing » by announcing the forthcoming publication of a roadmap of legislative and non-legislative measures to reduce animal testing.
- Lastly, negotiations on the European Union’s trade agreements on animal welfare mirror clauses are continuing, in particular with New Zealand, Australia, Mercosur and possibly the Philippines. The main purpose of these negotiations is to guarantee the reciprocity of health, social and/or environmental norms in trade, in order to preserve European standards and criteria.
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