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Swedish Presidency of the European Union

Press invitation
1 oktober 2009

Agriculture minister and Commissioner for Health discuss animal welfare in Uppsala

The Swedish Presidency of the EU is to hold an animal welfare conference on Thursday 8 and Friday 9 October – ‘Delivering Animal Welfare and Quality: Transparency in the Food Production Chain’. The conference will be opened by Swedish Minister for Agriculture Eskil Erlandsson and the European Commissioner with responsibility for animal welfare, Androulla Vassiliou. Over the two-day conference, international speakers and guests will gather to discuss assessment and communication of animal welfare. The aim of the conference is to present the results of the Welfare Quality research project and to explore future ways to strengthen animal welfare in the EU and internationally.
Time and venue for the conference
When: 8–9 October 2009, from 09.00
Where: Main Auditorium, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Ultuna Campus, Uppsala, Sweden
Time and venue for the press conference
Minister for Agriculture Eskil Erlandsson and Commissioner for Health Androulla Vassiliou will hold a joint press conference to talk about future activities and strategies on animal welfare.
When: Thursday 8 October, 10.30
Where: At a farm in the Uppsala area. The address will be provided in connection with accreditation.
Accreditation and registration are required for media participation. Applications must be made by 6 October to the Press Office at the Ministry for Agriculture: jo.press@agriculture.ministry.se

Therese Nerlund
Press Secretary to Minister for Agriculture Eskil Erlandsson
+ 46 8 405 11 88
+ 46 70 519 01 59

Agneta Norgren
Desk Officer
+46 8 405 40 69
+46 70 540 19 81

More about the animal welfare conference
The EU-funded research project Welfare Quality will report its final results at the conference. Approximately 250 researchers from 44 institutes and universities in the EU and Latin America have taken part in this project. Since 2004, the project has developed a science-based methodology for assessing animal welfare and a standardised way of integrating this information to assign farms and slaughterhouses to one of four categories (from poor to excellent animal welfare). The system is based, to a large extent, on animal-based measures. The ‘assessment protocols’ for poultry, pigs and cattle will be presented and discussed.
There will also be discussions at the conference about the relevance of such assessments for informing consumers and supporting the welfare management carried out by farmers. Global animal welfare-related issues will also be discussed, particularly from a trade perspective.
For information on Welfare Quality:
contact Jacqueline Vredenbregt, +31 6 51291296