On 21st November 2022, the EURCAW Ruminants & Equines management team met with its Reflection Board. The Reflection Board consists of representatives from the following organisations: Vier Pfoten International/Vier Pfoten Europe, Eurogroup for Animals, Compassion in World Farming, International Coalition for Working Equids, Slow Food, Committee of Professional Agricultural Organisations, General Confederation of Agricultural Cooperatives, Federation of Veterinarians of Europe, European Dairy Association, European Community of Consumer Co-operatives, and Fédération Équestre Internationale.
The EURCAW Ruminants & Equines management team gave a presentation relating to the activities of the Centre. It was explained that their main target groups are Competent Authorities, Policy Workers and their ‘support bodies’. It is not within their remit to respond to questions from farmers, NGOs or other stakeholders. Competent Authorities are provided with access to consistent technical data, research findings, new techniques and expertise necessary for the correct application of EU legislation in the field of animal welfare. The core activities to support the competent authorities are to provide scientific and technical information, and answer specific questions received through firstname.lastname@example.org. EURCAW Ruminants & Equines also provides indicators for compliance, defines best practices, provides training materials and training standards, analyses training needs, and supports communication.
Professor Harry Blokhuis, coordinator of EURCAW Ruminants & Equines, then went on to present the draft workplan for 2023-2024. Input on priorities for the workplan was gathered through questionnaires to the Competent Authorities and their support bodies, and in meetings. In addition, DG Santé gave advice regarding which issues should be prioritised.