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EU Czech Presidency Animal Welfare Priorities

The Czech Republic has announced its work plan and priorities for its EU presidency in the coming six months. The Czech to-do list includes a number of animal welfare issues. The most prominent dossier is to be the slaughter dossier: "(the presidency) aims to amend (the regulation on the protection of animals at the time of killing) by introducing the necessary improvements and simplifications, and to clarify the relevant rules in this area." The presidency has also vowed to "launch a debate on the revision of legislation on the protection of animals used for research purposes." Other interesting plans include the intent to promote sustainable and responsible fishing, including aquaculture, and it aims to work towards progress in the negotiations on the proposal for a regulation on the provision of food information to consumers. Last but not least, biodiversity protection is also on the list of priorities, as the Czechs intend to "make significant progress in the discussion on the proposal for a regulation banning the trade in seal products". A conference on Wilderness and Large Natural Habitat Areas is planned to take place in Prague at the end of May 2009.

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