Επιστολή Paolo De Castro Πρόεδρο Επιτροπής Αγρ. Ανάπτυξης Ε.Ε προς Martin Schulz Πρόεδρο Ευρωκοινοβουλίου

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EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT 2009 – 2014

Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development

The Chair

xx.03.2014

Mr Martin Schulz

President of the European Parliament

Subject: Opinion on the motion for a resolution by Sergio Paolo Francesco Silvestris on dealing

with the problem of stray animals – B7-0079/2014, under Rule 120

Dear Mr President,

At the sitting of 6 February 2014, you announced that you had referred the motion for a resolution

tabled by Sergio Paolo Francesco Silvestris on dealing with the problem of stray animals – B7-

0079/2014, under Rule 120, to the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development as the

committee responsible.

At their meeting of 11 February 2014, the committee coordinators agreed that an opinion in letter

form on the motion for a resolution, under Rule 120(2), should be delivered.

The committee considered the motion for resolution at its meeting of 17/18 March 2014.

At this latter meeting

1 it adopted the conclusions below:

1. Despite an increase in the number of adoptions from animal shelters, the problem of stray

animals is still far from solved in the EU.

2. The Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development believes that the control methods

used to date – most of which involve capture and sterilisation – have failed to stem the

problem.

3. The committee notes that some Member States have employed drastic measures in this

context, including euthanasia.

4. Article 13 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union requires the EU and

Member States to ‘pay full regard to the welfare requirements of animals’, since they are

sentient beings; however, despite the fact that the EU animal welfare legislation covers a

range of issues including breeding, slaughter and scientific research, it still contains no

provisions on stray animals.

5. According to recent estimates, there are more than 100 million pets in the EU.

6. The Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development therefore calls on the Commission to

draw up general guidelines on dealing with the problem of stray animals in accordance with

general animal welfare principles;

7. The committee considers that, by 1 January 2018, Member States shall introduce a

registration requirement for dogs; moreover, the Commission shall submit to the European

Parliament and the Council by 31 July 2019 a report on the experience of the Member States

with the registration and identification of dogs, with particular reference to stray animals.

8. Furthermore, the committee calls on the Member States to use part of their structural funding

to address the problem of stray animals, focusing first and foremost on the areas in which

the problem is most acute.

I should be grateful if you would forward this opinion to the Commission

Yours sincerely,

Paolo De Castro