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2012.10.10

The following regulatory provisions are named in chronological order, with a brief reference to its contents:

Decree no. 89/2012, of 28 June, setting out additional regulations applicable to overhead high tension power lines in order to protect birds and mitigate environmental impact (BORM no. 151, of 2/7/2012)


The goal of this decree is to develop basic state legislation and set out additional technical regulations to protect the environment, applicable to overhead high tension power lines that cross the territory of the region of Murcia in order to reduce the risk of electrocution and collision to birds and mitigate the impact on the landscape and other types of environmental impact.
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Decree 120/2012, of 29 June, amending Decree 158/1999, of 14 September, setting out the zootechnical-health regulations of pork farms in the region of Extremadura (DOE no. 127, of 3/7/2012)


This decree simplifies the authorisation procedure for health and animal welfare reasons of Decree 158/1999, of 14 September, setting out the zootechnical-health regulations of pig farms in the region of Extremadura.
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Commission implementation decision, of 4 July 2012, concerning 2012 funding of European Union activities in the veterinary sector related to the information policy and supporting international organisations, to several measures necessary to guarantee application of Regulation (EU) 882/2004 and to the creation of a pilot project on a coordinated European animal welfare network (2012/C 197/04) (OJEU C 197/8, of 5/7/2012)


This decision approves various animal welfare projects aimed at the veterinary sector to organise world congresses, and others, and subsidies for setting up and running the pilot project on the coordinated European animal welfare network.
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Decree 142/2012, of 14 June, setting out tagging regulations and animal health arrangements for horses in Galicia (DOG no. 129, of 6/7/2012)


The text of the new decree includes implementation of a tagging system (carried out by veterinary staff) and register of all horses; expressly prohibits the use of restraints; creates "Adoption spaces" for horses to live in freedom or semi-freedom.
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Commission implementation decision, of 11 July 2012, referring to 2012 funding for the working programme on IT tools in the field of food safety, animal health, animal welfare and plant health (2012/C 204/03) (OJEU C204/3, of 12/7/2012)


The decision contains the working programme that includes the implementation measures corresponding to 2012, considering the targets assigned, the distribution of the budget and the main actions.
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Decree 83/2012, of 17 July, on regulation of competitions and other events involving live animals in Catalonia (20/7/2012)


The aim of this decree is to regulate competitions and other public events involving live animals, repealing previous legislation related to this topic. In this case, however, the authorisation procedure is relaxed too much, specifying that it is the responsibility of the town councils to authorise the sale of small animals in markets.
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Ruling of 18 June 2012, of the Department of the Environment, delimiting areas of protection for feeding necrophagous birds (DOCV no. 6827, of 26/07/2012)


The ruling declares certain areas of protection for feeding necrophagous birds in various parts of the region of Valencia.
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Report from the European Economic and Social Committee on «Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council and the European Economic and Social Committee of the European Union Strategy for the protection and welfare of animals 2012-2015» COM (2012) 6 final (229/108, of 31/7/2012)


In this report, the EESC shares the strategy on animal welfare presented by the Commission, although it has problems implementing existing regulations due to the lack of support for the application of these regulations and the loss of competitiveness of EU productions.
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Agreement of 12 July 2012, of the Government Council, amending the Catalogue of Public Prices for the region of Madrid and specifies the public price for keeping animals at the Animal Shelter in the region of Madrid (BOCM no. 184, of 3/8/2012)


This agreement adds a new entry to the Catalogue of Public Prices of the region of Madrid related to keeping lost animals at the Animal Shelter of the region of Madrid, payment being required from the legal owners of the lost animals collected by the Animal Shelter of the region of Madrid.
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Order 11/2012, of 1 August, of the Council of Agriculture, Fisheries, Food and Water, regulating the application of cross-compliance and setting out the statutory management requirements and the good agricultural and environmental conditions in the region of Valencia (DOCV 6835, of 7/8/2012)


The aim of this order is to set out the statutory management requirements and the good agricultural and environmental conditions that must be met by the owners of farms located totally or partially in the region of Valencia who receive direct payments under any subsidy scheme listed in section 1 of this article; thus, the scope of fulfilment of cross-compliance is the set of statutory management requirements and good agricultural and environmental conditions that must be met by all producers in the following areas: the environment, public health, animal and plant health, good agricultural and environmental conditions and animal welfare.
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Decree-Law 2/2012, of 31 July, of the Government of Aragon, adopting urgent measures to adapt livestock farms in the region of Aragon to European legislation on animal welfare (BOA no. 154, of 8/8/2012)


The aim of this decree is to adapt to European Union legislation on pork farms and the minimum regulations for protecting pigs, which should be adopted from 1/1/2013.
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Order of 31 July 2012, of the Council of Agriculture and Water, setting out the criteria that will be applied in order to monitor cross-compliance in all areas of the "Environment", "Public, Animal and Plant health" and "Animal Welfare" and the "Good Agricultural and Environmental Conditions" that must be met by producers who receive direct aid from the common agriculture policy and beneficiaries of certain rural development grants in the region of Murcia for the 2012 campaign and setting out the system for calculating the reduction or exclusion of these (BORM no. 184, of 9/8/2012)


The aim of this order is to set out the statutory management requirements and the good agricultural and environmental conditions that must be met by holders of farms located totally or partially in the region of Murcia who receive direct payments under any subsidy scheme listed in section 1 of this article; thus, the scope of fulfilment of cross-compliance is the set of statutory management requirements and good agricultural and environmental conditions that must be met by all producers in the following areas: the environment, public health, animal and plant health, good agricultural and environmental conditions and animal welfare.
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Commission implementation regulation (EU) no. 757/2012, of 20 August 2012, suspending the introduction into the Union of specimens of certain species of wild fauna and flora (OJEU L223/31, of 21/8/2012)


Commission Regulation (EC) no. 338/97, of 9 December 1996, on the protection of species of wild fauna and flora by regulating trade, and in particular article 19.1 of this Regulation, enacts a list of species whose introduction into the Union has been suspended, repealing the previous Commission Implementation Regulation (EU) no. 828/2011, of 17 August 2011.
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Commission Regulation (EU) no. 791/2012, of 23 August 2012, amending, as regards certain requirements related to trading in endangered species of wild fauna and flora, Regulation (EC) no. 865/2006 setting out the provisions for Commission implementing Regulation (EC) no. 338/97 (OJEU L242/1 of 7/9/2012)


The aim of this Regulation is to amend Regulation (EC) no. 865/2006 on various aspects of permits and commercial uses of CITES specimens.
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Commission implementation Regulation (EU) no. 792/2012, of 23 August 2012, setting out the provisions related to the design of permits, certificates and other documents set out in Commission Regulation (EC) no. 338/97 on the protection of species of wild fauna and flora by regulating trade therein and amending Commission Regulation (EC) no. 865/2006 (OJEU L242/13, of 7/9/2012)


Along the same lines as the previous regulation, this regulation describes the design and technical specifications of the forms for permits, certificates and other documents set out in Regulation (EC) no. 338/97 and Regulation (EC) no. 865/2006, over CITES.
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Ruling of the General Technical Secretary's Office of the Presidential and Justice Council, of 31 August 2012, which provides the publication of the summary of the collaboration agreement between the Regional Government of La Rioja through the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and the Environment and the Animal Protection Association in La Rioja (BOR no. 112, of 14/9/2012)


This ruling publishes the agreement through which Administration provides financial support for part of the overheads and running costs that the associations must pay derived from their activities of defending and protecting animals, particularly the expenses incurred by the animal shelter in Lardero (La Rioja).
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Ruling, of 13 September, of the Court of Aragon, ordering the publication of the validation agreement of Decree-Law 2/2012, of 31 July, of the Government of Aragon, adopting urgent measures to adapt livestock farms in the region of Aragon to European legislation on animal welfare (BOA no. 187, of 25/9/2012)


The aim of this regulation is to adapt pig farms, from 1/1/2013, to the conditions related to the minimum regulations for protecting pigs.
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