The UK voted 2 years ago to get out of the EU and take back control of its own future.
With the possibility of a deal now on the table (13/11/18) I though it may be a good time to look a little more at ‘EU departments’ and to question if the EU citizen is really getting a good deal for what (their) nation contributes to the EU.
Here is a formal list of the biggest to smallest contributors to the EU:
UK – 13.5% – compared to Germany 19% and France 16.6%. The 3 biggest contributors.
Move down to the other end and we see Luxembourg 0.25%, Bulgaria 0.34% and Romania 1.15%. All percentages can be seen on the above link.
So, what do we get for this ?
We (as an organisation) have over 27 years worth of experience in live animals being transported around the EU and via our sister organisation ‘Serbian Animals Voice’ https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/ around 14 years of experience dealing with stray animal welfare in Serbia – not currently an EU member state, but a ‘Candidate Country’ to join.
With our experience we have written and produced a large amount of letters and questions to the EU over the years; especially (for live transport) the Health and Food Safety Commission (DG SANTE) and for Serbia animal welfare, the EU Enlargement Commission to express our concerns before the EU door is opened up to Serbia.
DG has bothered to contact us at the odd interval; but the Enlargement Commission has never really bothered despite all our evidence abut non compliance with the EU’s very own ‘Rule of Law’ (Copenhagen agreement).
So, anyway, here is a formal listing of the EU Departments and Executive Agencies which ‘control’ the day to day operations at EU HQ.
Link – https://ec.europa.eu/info/departments_en – this is from ‘Europa’; the formal site of the EU.
We see they list no less than 53 agencies and departments. So lets go a little deeper regarding live animal transport and Serbia. Live animals transport comes under ‘Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE) – and here is the link to their site from the above listing:
From the link you can see the leadership and organisation; but then go a little deeper. Below Martin Seychell you can download the organisation chart of just this Commission – here is the link: https://ec.europa.eu/info/sites/info/files/organisation_charts/organisation-chart-dg-sante_en.pdf
7 main departments (A to G); each with a head; and then each department being sub divided into different organisations – approximately 34 at our count; each having ?? number of employees. On its own site, the FVO http://ec.europa.eu/food/fvo/how_en.print.htm ; part of the Health and Consumers Directorate-General; says that it has at least 170 employees. The FVO and the DG SANTE are really responsible for undertaking EU legislation compliance with EU regulations in all member states. They do not and it does not work.
Moving on to Serbia and its application to join the EU; this is undertaken via the European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations which are headed by Commissioner Hahn – Link: https://ec.europa.eu/info/departments/european-neighbourhood-policy-and-enlargement-negotiations_en
Here is a link to all the major persons (but not all staff) associated with this Commission – https://ec.europa.eu/info/departments/european-neighbourhood-policy-and-enlargement-negotiations_en#leadership
And here is an organisational chart of the structure: https://ec.europa.eu/neighbourhood-enlargement/sites/near/files/near-org-chart.pdf
42 departments or more; each with staff and people working for them.
So by giving a little insight into just 2 of the 53 EU Departments and Executive Agencies that combine to produce the mighty EU machine; one would think that this; which does not even start to include MEP’s – http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/press-room/20130610IPR11414/elections-2014-share-out-of-meps-seats-among-28-eu-countries – one would think that issues such as live animal transport and stray animal management could be undertaken by such a huge amount of staff.
Experience in both theatres of live transport and Serbian animal welfare show us there is NO REAL CONCERN at EU level. Surely, paying all this money to the EU as taxpayers (UK – Mark) and (Germany – Venus); are we not right to ask exactly what the 2 sections of 53 are doing for issues that concern us ?
No; the EU does not want to know; instead it works to punish the UK for voting to leave the club and taking back control. Other member states all seem happy to continue contributing finances as shown above; for getting what exactly in return ?
The EU system does not work. It employs thousands and has a great website, but the reality is it does very little; if anything; to address the concerns of EU citizens over such important issues as live animal transport enforcement.
Still want to be an EU member state ? the facts are above – you decide if it is financially worth it for very little return.
There was an audit of Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE) between 12 and 21 February 2018. ” The aim of the audit, was to assess the suitability and effectiveness of existing ones measures for preventing tail biting and avoiding the routine culling of tails in pigs”.
Who is DG SANTE?
It is the Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety of the Commission and responsible for monitoring the implementation of the relevant legislation. It is headed by Mr. Andriukaitis, who is known to us as “the do nothing man”.
A kind of police is DG SANTE, we can say, which controls (with its many sub-directorates) , whether agreed measures for the health of humans and animals are observed.
These directorates in Brussels are (May 2011):
Directorate A: General Affairs (6 departments)
Directorate B: Consumer Affairs (6 Departments)
Directorate C: Public Health (4 departments)
Directorate D: Health System and Products (5 Departments)
Directorate E: Food Production Safety (6 Departments)
Directorate F: Food and Veterinary Office (7 departments)
Directorate G: Veterinary and International Affairs (8 Departments)
These are further subdivided into related departments (see below on the link), so we ended up with a huge apparatus that costs for us much money and usually without having a useful effectiveness.
The current situation in Germany
By crop we mean the cutting off of the tail of a pig. The purpose is: pigs are omnivores, they even nibble each other. The “specialists” call this “caudophagia”: tail biting.
Every four weeks, when the new piglets are there, the farmer comes and cuts off their tails, more precisely: the last third of the tail. He presses their tail tip against the glowing hot cutter. The top falls, the heat fuses the wound, the farmer puts the pig back into the bay.
That is nothing but a painful mutilation, an amputation.
Actually, what every farmer does is illegal. The German animal protection law, paragraph 6, prohibits the amputation of body parts in vertebrates.
The EU Directive 2008/120 / EC even clarifies the prohibition for pigs: “A cropping must not be carried out routinely.” Exceptions are allowed with veterinary approval.
But the exception has long been the rule in Germany. Experts appreciatethat up to 99 percent of the piglets from conventional farming are cropped.
A ringlet tail pigs have almost only in pictures.
Farmers talk about practicing animal welfare, and claim that without cupping pigs would bite each other and cause bloody acute injuries, bad abscesses, inflammation in the entire back area.
Cause of the (illegal) routine cropping.
The intelligent animals live there in a monotonous stable on full slatted floors and have no employment. They have no freedom of movement, no employment opportunity and no retreat. Due to boredom or stress they start to bite into the tails of other animals.
They suffer from the loss of their natural behavior and can not live up to their needs. In boars, however, tail biting is unknown.
But what is the pig industry doing? It does not change the keeping conditions, but one adapts the animals to the Farma conditions, to make as much money out of them as possible! No cropped pigs, no one wants!
The result of the audit from 21. February 2018
They did not find a practicable solution for doing without cropping!!
The report concludes that the federal and state authorities’ strategies for reducing tail biting and avoiding the routine curbing of tails in pigs have not produced any concrete results, and are still routinely cropping tails in Germany, despite considerable sums of money spent on research and disseminated the respective results.
Certificates of established veterinarians justifying the need for cropping are not based on sufficient evidence that other measures have been taken to avoid tail biting. This and the lack of verification of these certificates during official controls lead to routine tail docking.
The competent authorities agreed that the initiatives of the Action Plan had not yet fully realized, but made it clear that this is a long-term project and that they assume that the continuous involvement of stakeholders and the establishment of new working groups will result in a appropriate effect will be achieved.
With other, simple words: they have controlled, and nothing has changed. They made suggestions but they did not punish anyone.
The pigs will continue to be chopped up with hot iron, and we will continue to give money to the peasants, so that they may respond to the suggestions of the audit and perhaps practice them.
Until then, it remains legal, which is illegal.
This is also a way to do a job.
However, it is the most ineffective and most sloppy way of all.
My best regards, Venus