The Presidency reported to the Agriculture and Fisheries Council on the progress achieved during the second half of 2015 on two proposals considered as a package on 'Animal medicines':
- Regulation on veterinary medicinal products
- Regulation on the manufacture, placing on the market and use of medicated feed
Many delegations highlighted the need to ensure high consistency between the two proposals of the package that are also advancing at different pace. Many delegations also considered that the provisions in these texts would help the EU to fight efficiently antimicrobial resistance which is a key issue to tackle for member states.
On veterinary medicinal products, the first proposal seeks to put in place a set of rules tailored to the specificities of the veterinary sector and aiming in particular to:
- increase the availability of veterinary medicinal products
- reduce administrative burdens
- stimulate competitiveness and innovation
- improve the functioning of the internal market
- address the public health risk of antimicrobial resistance
The second proposal reviews the current legislation on medicated feed to ensure the highest degree of animal health and welfare and public health as well as effective functioning of the internal market and competitiveness of the livestock sector with respect to the use of medicated feed. The revision of directive 90/167/EEC goes hand in hand with the revision of directive 2001/82/EC on the Community code relating to veterinary medicinal products.
The examination of both proposals began in the Council in the second half of 2014 during the Italian presidency and was continued under the Latvian and the Luxembourg presidencies. The first technical readings through the proposals on medicated feed and veterinary medicinal products were concluded respectively by the Latvian and the Luxembourg Presidency.
Monday December 14, 2015/ Consilium/ European Union.