On Tuesday 19 of June, the Committee on Petitions discussed a petition addressing the issue of stray dogs in Bulgaria on behalf of eighteen Bulgarian societies for welfare. They raised serious concerns about the intolerable suffering inflicted to many pets and stray dogs in Bulgaria. As they exhausted the national possibilities for remedies, they are asking the EU institutions to take actions.
While the Commission representative deplore their limited room for action due to the lack of legal basis, Thomas Waitz MEP pointed that the risks for health due to illegal breeding and cross-border illegal smuggling could be used as legal bases. He called on further action from the Parliament. Svetoslav Hristov Malinov MEP pointed the gap between the citizens’ expectations and the EU legal framework. He proposed to personally launch an unofficial mission to Bulgaria and welcome the Intergroup members who would be interested to join. Georgi Pirinski MEP stressed the need for the Commission to take responsibility and supported the idea of a fact-finding mission. Eleonora Evi MEP called for the Commission to come up with a proposal for actions. Stefan Eck MEP also supported the idea of a fact-finding mission.
Cecilia Wikstrom MEP, chairing the Committee, mapped the following actions. First, a letter should be send to the Commissioner Andriukaitis. A letter will also be sent to the Bulgarian authorities to discuss their progresses so far and encourage dialogue with the stakeholders. Second, seeing that there was support for a fact-finding mission in several large groups, she ask to reach to the coordinators to discuss an official fact-finding mission. Finally, she will refer the matter to the EU Platform on Animal Welfare. She will also inform the Intergroup of the developments.
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Alessia Virone, Political Assistant
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