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WAV Comment – As we have always thought and predicted, the EU have not taken out any infringement procedures yet. They tell us their team is currently in Romania – see link given below. It will be interesting to see if the EU does actually take any action over the sheep exported to the Middle East in temperatures far exceeding the maximum allowed for live animal transports under EU Regulation 1/2005. We await further news and action (?).
Thank you for contacting the Europe Direct Contact Centre.
The Commission is very committed to ensure animal welfare, and Commissioner Andriukaitis has made animal welfare one of his priorities. There are several millions of animals exported every year from the EU. Most of those exports happen in good conditions and in line with EU rules.
The Commission is aware that there are recurrent problems with the welfare of animals that are exported and it is working with Member States, NGOs and transporters to solve the main recurrent issues that happen during transport to third countries. EU legislation on the transport of animals includes specific requirements for transport by sea. However, these requirements cannot be checked outside EU territorial seas.
In the case of the export of sheep to the Middle East from Romania this summer, the Commission in its usual role as guardian of the treaties is monitoring the implementation of EU law on animal transport in Romania. The Commission is in contact with the Romanian authorities investigating the case. The Romanian authorities believe that the ship was authorised and the captain was aware of the applicable animal welfare legislation.
If an EU Member State fails to comply with EU law, in accordance with the Treaty the Commission may ultimately launch infringement proceedings against that Member State. At this stage, an EU audit team has been dispatched to Romania and its report is due shortly; please have a look at our webpages for follow-up to the audit: http://ec.europa.eu/food/audits-analysis/country_profiles/details.cfm?co_id=RO.
No infringement procedure has been launched, but the Commission continues to monitor the situation in Romania.
We hope you find this information useful. Please contact us again if you have other questions about the European Union, its activities or institutions.
From Venus: Mark sent me the reply from Europe Direct – 101000527663 and I was very angry.
I wrote some thoughts then:
To this sentence:” However, these requirements can not be checked outside EU territorial seas”.
Maybe the EU does not know how to control it, but it knows what the animals are transported under unlawful circumstances.
Therefore, the EU should ban animal transport to third countries.
In the spring 2019, some veterinarians in Germany have refused to allow transports of sheep in the Middle East, 1) because of the temperatures and 2) because of the well-known brutal slaughter methods practiced there with animals because there is no animal welfare right there, and if at all, far removed from the current EU animal welfare order.
These veterinarians were again forced to give their permits, and that in GERMANY!
To this sentence: “No infringement procedure has been launched, but the Commission continues to monitor the situation in Romania”.
This is not about whether Romania is under supervision.
The point is that the Ministry of Agriculture of Romania has ignored the mail from a Commissioner who has prohibited the trip.
Disregard and disempowerment of the hierarchies in the EU, that’s what it’s all about here. And if a country does such a thing with such ease, it gives us the appalling certainty that the EU has no power and no authority, and thus it is superfluous.
And there is another, third sentence that sounds very humorous by now, if we do not take that as a permanent insult: “We hope you find this information useful. Please contact us again if you have any questions about the European Union, its activities or institutions”.
Please learn to do something for the animals, this is your job, for that pay you the EU citizens.
We don`t have any questionsmore, because we know what your activities are.
The misery of the animals is not deleted with questions, but with deeds.
What you are demonstrably unable to do.