The Committee of Ministers reiterates that the two recommendations mentioned by the Honourable Parliamentarian remain valid. The member States are responsible for the implementation of these recommendations. The Committee of Minister notes that notwithstanding the fact that the recommendations remain valid, no report has been received to date in their respect.
It recalls that Article 8, paragraph 3, of the European Convention for the Protection of Animals kept for Farming Purposes (ETS No. 087) stipulates that a majority of the representatives of the Contracting Parties or the representative of the European Union can request the Secretary General to convene the Standing Committee. No such request has been made since 2010. The Committee of Ministers underlines that unfortunately the budgetary constraints referred to in its reply to Written Question No. 702 and their consequences remain unchanged.