Tvärvillkorskontrollen i Sverige 2005-2009: med inriktning på djurskyddsbestämmelser
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
As a member state of the European Union (EU) Sweden annually receives 9 billion SEK inagricultural grants. The prerequisite to obtain these grants is that specific rules issued by theEU commission must be fulfilled, i.e., grant payment is linked directly with compliance rulesgoverning, for example, food safety, environmental conditions and animal welfare. Thisreport has its focus on cross compliance concerning animal welfare. Observance of the crosscompliance has to be supervised and inspected by the Swedish authorities and reported to theEU. According to the EU commission Sweden has not accomplished the supervision and thusthere is a risk of financial sanctions. Is there a deficiency of inspection and reporting bySweden to the EU? Do Swedish farmers fulfil the cross compliance rules and what effects arethere for animal welfare in the future? Answers to these questions have been found in audits,investigations and research on the internet and through interviews performed with responsiblepersons at the Swedish Board of Agriculture. Statistics and other information regarding crosscompliance inspection in Sweden have been gathered from there as well. Inspections have notbeen performed as they should, because there has been disagreement about which authorityhas the responsibility to perform these. Statistics from 2007 show that 25 percent of theinspected farmers have been penalized with reduced grants. A new organisation for animalwelfare from the 1st of January in 2009, which places all of the inspecting personnel at thesame authority, hopefully gives the Swedish government a better chance to fulfil thereobligations as a member state.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
European Union, grants, cross compliance, animal welfare, Swedish Board of Agriculture
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-31225OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-31225DiVA: diva2:291868
Bååth, Elisabeth, BSc