European Commission Designates New EU Reference Centre for the Welfare of Aquatic Animals
The European Commission has officially announced the designation of the new European Union Reference Centre for the Welfare of Aquatic Animals (EURCWAA), in line with the Commission Implementing Decision 2024/266, dated 17 January 2024. This decision is in alignment with Regulation (EU) 2017/625 of the European Parliament and of the Council, reinforcing the Commission's dedication to animal welfare.
Expanding the Network of EU Reference Centres:
This new designation enhances the existing network of EU reference centres focused on animal welfare, which already includes centres dedicated to the welfare of pigs, poultry, small farmed animals, ruminants, and equines. The establishment of the EURCWAA represents a significant extension of the EU's commitment in this area.
New Consortium to Lead the Initiative:
The EURCWAA will be spearheaded by a consortium led by the University of Crete (Greece), with participation from the Biology Centre of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Institute of Parasitology (Czechia), and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain). This partnership underscores a strong European collaboration in promoting the welfare of aquatic animals.
Focus on Aquatic Animal Welfare:
The EURCWAA is set to support the Commission and Member States in developing and implementing welfare requirements for aquatic animals. This initiative is a crucial enhancement of the EU's capabilities in the domain of aquatic animal welfare.
Beginning in February 2024, this initiative marks a significant step forward in improving aquatic animal welfare. It also aligns with the objectives of the HE Cure4Aqua project, coordinated by Ivona Mladineo of the Biology Centre of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Institute of Parasitology (Czechia). Learn more about the Cure4Aqua project at https://cure4aqua-project.eu/.
For more information, visit: https://eur-lex.europa.eu