Canine EU Traceability Expert Workshops



CAROdog 1st Workshop on Canine Overpopulation in Europe and Sustainable Solution Strategies, 4 and 5 October 2010, Brussels


The conference ‘Responsible Dog Ownership in Europe’ organised by VIER PFOTEN/FOUR PAWS and Istituto G. Caporale, was held in Brussels on 4 and 5 October 2010 at the presence of over 100 participants from over 25 countries, representing European and national institutions, International Organisations, NGOs, private sector and veterinarian organisations.

There was broad consensus among the participants on the following points:

Fundamental statements
– Animal welfare is a multidisciplinary issue, encompassing ethical, scientific, economic, legal and social aspects
– Positive human-animal relations are an important source of comfort, social contact and cultural identification for a vast majority of the European citizens
– Responsible ownership is one of the most important goals to achieve Statements about Canine Overpopulation

– A sustainable approach to stopping canine overpopulation in Europe through systematic EU-wide birth control and educational strategies and programmes instead of killing healthy animals can be established in Europe, taking into consideration previous experiences of different stakeholders
– Mandatory identification, an effective and reliable system of dog registration are crucial for successful animal health and welfare management, not only to reunite stray dogs with their owners, but also to help prevent illegal puppy trading and to promote responsible ownership
– Stray control must be done in a way which does not cause avoidable pain, suffering or distress. Capture must be done with minimum of force and minimum of mental suffering and if animals need to be euthanized, it must be done humanely

– Euthanasia was clearly defined as an exclusive veterinarian indication based method to bringing an animal from life to death and this exclusively by a veterinarian
– Animal Birth Control (ABC) programmes can offer a valuable answer to the problem of dog overpopulation
– The CAROdog website should be used as a platform to share information and expertise, and launch initiatives aimed to implement the suggested actions. This can lead to faster, more effective and cheaper answers to specific and general problems
Calls for institutional actions
– The Council of the European Union should recognise the importance of acknowledging the welfare of companion animals as a relevant issue for the establishment of EU legislation (harmonisation), the Belgian impact within the Belgium presidency was highly appreciated
– In consideration of different situations existing in different States, any European rules should be adaptable to different environments. Member States should be able to adopt more advanced legislations and regulations

– EU and Member States should ensure that adequate resources are attributed for the implementation, practical enforcement of the legislation including legal sanctions and policies aimed to improve the welfare of dogs
– The EU Commission in its second EU Animal Welfare Action Plan should include references to companion animals and a commitment to improve their welfare throughout Europe
– Areas for action at the EU level include:

  • the regulation and licensing of breeding, selling and other trade aspects
  • identification and registration of companion animals by EU-wide compatible systems
  • the education of dog keepers and of the general public. A plan for education on dog welfare, including public education and courses in veterinary schools, should be designed in order to limit problems today and prepare lasting solutions well entrenched in European society
  • the exchange of information and expertise among member states
  • the promotion and funding of research on specific issues related to companion animal welfare





CAROdog 2nd Technical Workshop – Canine traceability in the EU, Towards an EU-wide compatible I&R system, 17 and 18 November 2011, Teramo (Italy)

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Organised by Istituto G. Caporale, Teramo and VIER PFOTEN/FOUR PAWS European Policy Office in Brussels, this workshop aims at sharing updates about the evolution of debates and activities related to I&R in Europe, and to discuss how specific aspects of I&R can become part of future EU legislation. The need of creating an EU-wide database effectively implemented in all Member States and other European Countries, in fact, is acknowledge as an urgent priority in European Countries and requires a debate among various stakeholders.

More specifically, the workshop will address the following issues:
1. Legal basis and framework
2. Technologies and information systems
3. Management, implementation and enforcement
4. Socio-economic implications
5. Information, education and training
6. One Health

Representatives from the Direction General for Health and Consumers of the European Commission, the European Federation of Veterinarians, National Competent Authorities, Universities and Research Institutions, NGOs, private companies, will discuss for two days in Teramo, reviewing the existing databases already in use in different Countries to identify positive aspects and problems.

The workshop will produce a document providing practical suggestions for the inclusion of an EU-wide I&R system in the upcoming Animal Health Law and in the Animal Welfare Strategy of the European Union.






CAROdog 3rd I&R Workshop, 10 July 2013, Brussels




Belgium: Eric van Tilburgh
Europetnet: Jacques Grimanelli, Michel Schoffeniels
Istituto G.Caporale Teramo: Barbara Alessandrini (excused), Silvia d’Albenzio,
Daria di Sabatino
Datamars : Knuth Neumann (excused)
FVE : Nancy de Bryine
Planet ID: Sven Hüther
TASSO e.V.: Philip McCreight
VIER PFOTEN: Marlene Wartenberg, Sophie Duthoit, Adolfo Sansolini (consultant)

Guests :

EU Commission : Alberto Laddomada, Paolo Dalla Villa
Eurogroup for animals : Reineke Hameleers (excused, represented by Veronique Schmit)



CAROdog 4th I&R Workshop, 10 July 2013, Brussels



VIER PFOTEN EPO: Marlene Wartenberg; Adolfo Sansolini; Agnes Dufau; and Katrina Craig (intern)

Belgium: Eric van Tilburgh

EuroPetnet: Jacques Grimanelli

FVE: Nancy de Briyne and Tisa Kosem (intern)

Istituto G. Caporale Teramo: Barbara Alessandrini; and Silvia d’Albenzio.

Planet ID: Sven Hüther

TASSO e.V.: Philip McCreight

European Commission : Marguerite Kuzma and Alexandra Kostorz.

Fifth Meeting: virtual meeting, 2015

End of 2015, the members of the CARO Traceability Experts working group decided to meet virtually to produce a proposal for a sustainable solution including an EU-wide I&R system.

Taking into consideration the results of the intensive interdisciplinary work of the CARO Experts Group, and the prospect of delegated acts on I&R in the EU within the proposed new Regulation, the following document has been produced by the members of the CARO Experts working group and can serve as a support to the EU in drafting the legal establishment of a harmonised I&R system in the EU and in its Member States.

It is structured in three parts:

  • the European level,
  • the Member States level,
  • and the technical and management details.

It concludes with a concrete proposal for a new “European Best Practice System (EBPS)”.

The document exists in a long and short version:

Sixth Meeting: 11th February 2016, Brussels (enlarged Editorial Board)

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VIER PFOTEN EPO: Pierre SultanaMarlene Wartenberg; Adolfo Sansolini; Agnes Dufau; Aleksandra Swiecicka (communication intern)

VIER PFOTEN UK: Julie Sanders, Director Companion Animals

Belgium: Eric van Tilburgh

EuroPetnet: Michel Schoffeniels

FVE: Nancy de Briyne

Istituto G. Caporale Teramo: Paolo Dalla Villa and Luigi Possenti

Planet ID: Sven Hüther

TASSO e.V.: Philip McCreight (represented by Marlene Wartenberg)