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Romania makes the first step in improving animal transport legislation

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"It is important to have a clear basis to start working from", says Mary Pana, president of the National Animal farming association (ACEBOP).

Posted on Jul 01 ,08:13

Romania makes the first step in improving animal transport legislation

Romania made its first step in improving animal transport legislation for the hauliers outside the EU community space by adopting a new bill in this field. Over the last couple of years, a series of scandals regarding Romanian livestock shipments outside the EU area attracted the public's attention to this matter. "I think this is an important step for the operators in the animal transport sector. I don't want to brag about it, but this new bill creates the basis for other European countries to operate outside the EU space. It is important to have a clear basis to start working from", says Mary Pana, president of the National Animal farming association (ACEBOP).
The bill was adopted in the national Parliament with 282 votes for and one abstention. However, regarding the plan to add value to the animal products exported by Romanian farmers there are several problems to deal with. "Unfortunately, this year we have more live animal demand in several export markets. We did increased carcasses exports in the last 6 months but we are confronted with a problem regarding the genetic competitiveness of our products. In the ovine sector, we still have mixed genetics for Romanian sheep and we can not compete with major players in this area, let's say Ireland. I think this is the right time to start a national program to improve genetics among our breeds", added Mrs Pana.

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