The platform, set up on 24 January 2017, aims to bring together relevant stakeholders and public entities in order to promote Union standards on animal welfare, encourage dialogue between them as well as share best practices, scientific knowledge and policy developments in this field. On 30 January 2017 the Commission launched a call for applications to select the platform's 75 members. The first meeting of the platform will be held during the Maltese presidency on 6 June in Brussels and the second is planned for November 2017.
Delegations welcomed the setting-up of the platform and considered it was an important forum to facilitate constructive discussion and move efforts forward in the field of animal welfare. Some delegations said they would actively contribute to the work of the platform.
Monday March 6, 2017/ Consilium/ European Union.