From February 29 till March 1, Brussels hosted a conference on the 2012-2015 European Union Animal Welfare Strategy under the title: “Empowering consumers and creating market opportunities for animal welfare”, jointly organised by the European Commission and the Danish presidency of the European Union.
The agricultural experts of viEUws.eu, the EU policy broadcaster, met with three prominent policy makers in the field to discuss the most pressing issues surrounding Animal Welfare at the moment; Mette Gjerskov, Danish Minister for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, Paola Testori Coggi, Director-General for Health and Consumers at the European Commission as well as Marit Paulsen, Swedish Member of the European Parliament.
Danish Minister for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries Mette Gjerskov discusses amongst others the maximum journey time for animals in the EU and stimulating a European economy that can compete with others by producing products according to high animal welfare standards.
The Director-General for Health and Consumers, Paola Testori Coggi, debates on investing in animal welfare amidst the current economic crisis, her belief that animal welfare has become a fundamental pillar of European society and raising consumer awareness about the high animal welfare standards in the EU.
Swedish Member of the European Parliament Marit Paulsen further elaborates on the importance of informing consumers on animal welfare standards and employing new technologies to get the message across. Moreover, she pays attention to the introduction of a Legal Responsible Person, whereby each actor is responsible for animal welfare aspects within a particular link of the food chain.