Intergroups provide a platform for Members of Parliament to discuss issues of common interest. They are by definition cross-party groups where an interest in the subject matter is the criterion for participation.

Many different Intergroups exist in the European Parliament, but the group on the welfare and conservation of animals is one of the first established ones. On average the Intergroup meets once a month during the plenary session of the Parliament held in Strasbourg. Each month there is a different main topic to discuss, often presented by a guest speaker. At the end of each debate an action point is decided upon and then delegated to either the secretariat or a member of the group to follow up.

The Intergroup has five main objectives:

  • To raise new issues of concern
  • To discuss issues currenty before the Parliament
  • To promote parliamentary support for certain reports, amendments and resolutions
  • To maintain a dialogue with senior members and officials of the Commission
  • To ensure that each Presidency includes priorities for animal protection

With the creation of this website, the Intergroup has also undertaken to promote its activities to a wider audience and to encourage a better understanding and dialogue with EU citizens.


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