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During its 279th session the Intergroup elected by acclamation Dan Jørgensen MEP as its new President and he takes over the role with immediate effect.

His predecessor, Carl Schlyter, has led the Intergroup since May 2010 and welcomed the election of his successor saying: “It feels good that Dan is taking over the presidency as he is one of our most active and efficient working members. One of the issues that will be on the agenda is an European law putting a maximum eight hour time limit on the transport time for live animals and Dan is a leading figure in this fight and together we will make sure the European Commission takes action.”

He added: “The intergroup is a very useful forum as it brings together people from all political groups in the European Parliament to discuss important issues. A lot of initiatives for animals have originated from the work of the Intergroup such as trade bans on seal products and cat and dog fur as well as better conditions for farm animals.

On taking up his role as President Dan Jørgensen MEP stated: “I am very happy and proud of the trust that my colleagues show in me. I consider the election as recognition of the work that I have done for animal welfare since I was elected to the European Parliament for the first time in 2004.”

He added: “I will use this opportunity to put more focus on the lack of animal welfare in the EU. Unfortunately the reality today is that animals are not being treated like living beings but rather like a means of production for milk, meat or eggs. We need a fundamental change of attitude towards animals and the Intergroup can help deliver this.”

Welcoming the announcement Sonja Van Tichelen, Director of Eurogroup for Animals that provides the Secretariat for the Intergroup commented: “The election of Dan sees the Intergroup being passed to a safe and competent pair of hands for the remainder of the Parliamentary term. We look forward to working with Dan to build a Europe that really cares for animals.”

During the same meeting Andrea Zanoni MEP was also elected as a second Italian vice-president of the Intergroup. Mr. Zanoni has been a strong supporter of animal welfare and has been an active member of the Intergroup since becoming an MEP.

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