On Monday 19th November, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis, will open the fourth meeting of the EU Platform on Animal Welfare.

“I am particularly impressed by the fact that four voluntary initiatives aiming to contribute to improvement of animal welfare conditions have already been launched. It proves the deep involvement of the Platform’s members who have taken to heart the motto of the Platform: ‘Everyone is Responsible’!” said Commissioner Andriukaitis ahead of the meeting.

The agenda of the Platform includes a presentation of these ‘own initiatives’, as well as the results of the work of the Platform’s subgroups on animal’s transport and on pigs as well as recommendations in the field of animal welfare.

The recent European Court of Auditors’ report, acknowledging the EU achievements and delivery in the area of animal welfare will equally be presented at the meeting. Also, for the first time at a Platform meeting, a third country – New Zealand – will share its experience on improving the welfare of animals.

Launched in June 2017, the Platform is now recognized as a pivotal forum for sharing information and good practices among Member States and various stakeholders across Europe.