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The Italian Presidency (2014)


On 1 July 2014, Italy took over the Council Presidency of the European Union. Succeeding Greece, Italy is now leading the Presidency-trio of Italy, Latvia and Luxembourg. Representing 28 Member States' governments, The Council's agenda will be driven for the upcoming months by the Italian agenda as follows:

 

"The three Presidencies shall devote adequate attention to free circulation, traceability and health of animals since it has a direct impact on human health and on the treatment with dignity of all animals and of pets in particular".

 

  • Adoption of the new regulation on Novel Foods and the proposals on the ban on cloning animals for food production and the marketing;

 

  • Finalise the CAP reform, e.g. regarding "delgated acts" in direct payments;

 

  • Disease prevention and the expansion of zoonosis; the cooperation between FAO, OIE and WHO on eradication of diseases will be strenghtened;

 

  • Complete the Animal amd Health Package including official controls, placing on the market of veterinary medicines and medicated feed, cloning of animals for food production and placing on the market of food from clones, zootechnical and genealogical conditions for trade in and imports into the Union of breeding animals and their germinal products, revision of the hygiene package;

 

  • Regarding negotiations between the EU and third countries, the Presidencies want tor each greater compliance with internaional health standards provided by the Sanitary and Phytosanitary Agreement (SPS) and promote the expert of agro-food products

 

On top of these programme points of the three Presidencies, Italy will, regarding their programme on animal health, hold "a global conference [...] in Italy, in agreement with the European Commission and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)".

 

 


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