• Président: Drs. Erik Apperlo, Binnendijk 669256 HN Rijperkerk, Netherland
    0031 630 270 538, email
  • Wim Halsema,  G.F. Vosstraat 8, 8474 BH Oldeholtpade. Netherland
  • Dr. Andy Verelst, Roldragersweg 36, B-3581 Beverlo, Belgium
  • Prof. dr. Gunther Antonissen, Rekelberg 17, 9630 Zwalm, Belgium
  • Dr. DMV, ISPV Eduard Gendrin, 22, rue général de Dais, 14400 BAYEUX, France
  • Assoc. Prof. Hristo Lukanov, Trakia University-Student campus, 6015 Stara Zagora, Bulgaria
  • MVDr. Peter Supuka, Kalvária 3, SK-94901 Nitra, Slovaquia

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Information Avian Influenza


Tasks and functioning of the Advisory Board for Animal Health and Welfare
summoned by the Committee of the EE approved on the occasion of the EE meeting at Niederbronn les Bains on May 21st 2004 modified on the occasion of the EE meeting at Leusden on May 26th 2006
The advisory board is a panel of counsellors
  • for the Committee and the general meeting of the EE
  • for the affiliated associations in international questions referring to animal health and welfare
The tasks of the advisory board are based above all on the following guidelines
  • the Rio Declaration issued during the UNCED conference at Rio de Janeiro in 1992, “Conservation, sustainable use, just distribution of a wide range of biological diversity also applied on species used by man”
  • the European Convention of November 13th 1987 on the protection of domestic animals
  • the guideline of the Council of the EU of July 20th 1988 on the protection of productive livestock used in agriculture
  • the additional protocol of May 10th 1979 for the European Agreement on the protection of animals during international transports of August 28th 1980, as well as the guideline 91/629/EWG of the Council of the EU of November 19th 1991
  • the animal disease legislation of the EU
  • the decree 2006/115 of the EU on Avian  Influenza
  • the CITES regulations
  • the Constitution of the EE
  • the precise evolution of the legal regulations and the practical situation of animal protection in the EU and in the respective countries of the affiliated EE associations
Key responsibilities of the advisory board are:
  • Taking part in the creation of consistent legal norms in Europe for all species catered for by the EE
  • Conservation of the scope of breeds in the species catered for by exerting an influence towards a scientific appreciation of the animal, free of emotions and ideology
  • Taking part in and exerting an influence on official expertises on minimum requirements on the husbandry of the breeds and species catered for
  • Exerting an influence on legislation towards animal transports and animal diseases
  • Taking part in formulating the breeds’ standards to avoid exaggerated demands in the standards by cooperating with the sections of the EE and their individual people in charge for the European standard as well as by deploying a commissioner for animal protection in EE shows as means of effective prevention
  • Contributing through publications and speeches to avoid characteristics and ways of keeping animals that do not match with animal protection in all breeds and species catered for the by EE
  • Counselling of the affiliated associations with respect to questions of legal and practical nature especially sensitive as to animal protection and welfare, if, in advance, a summary of the corresponding national legislation has been furnished in either German, English, French or Russian
  • Statement on the occurrence of new animal diseases
  • Mediation of experts for qualification seminars with questions as to animal protection to the affiliated associations
The functioning of the advisory boards is carried out as is explained hereafter:

The advisory board always acts in a communicative manner and, above all, in situations with a required presence, concerning interdisciplinary questions after clearance with the Committee of the EE or the chairmen of the individual sections. The advisory boards receives its main impulse for its work from the Committee and the individual sections. However, via its chairman, the advisory board can formulate queries, air wishes and give incentives to these panels. The advisory board meets on a regular basis on the occasion of the EE meetings and, if need be, during the EE shows. For the time being, the members of the advisory board try to fulfil their assigned task by phone, fax or email. Given the vital necessity of an additional meeting, the chairman of the advisory board sends out an invitation to this meeting in consent with the President of the EE. The compensation for travelling follows in such a case the guidelines applied to normal meetings. Once a year, before the EE meeting, and in case of topical necessity, the chairman of the board holds council with the chairman  of the EU department for animal protection and welfare of the EU Commission.