23 JANUARY 2002
In its negotiations with the European Union, the government is arguing that the Maltese agricultural sector requires time to adopt certain EU-wide laws and regulations in the spheres of veterinary services, the phytosanitary sector and the organisation of the common market.
As such, the government has requested a number of transitional periods for the implementation of certain laws and regulations.
Veterinary public health
Another two transitional periods of two years each have been requested to implement a directive on health problems affecting trade in poultry and another on public health and animal health problems in the production and sale of rabbit meat and farmed game meat. The aim is to allow the implementation of self controls and restructuring of slaughtering and cutting establishments.
A transitional period of six years has also been requested in order to implement a directive on health rules for the production and placing on the market of raw milk, heat-treated milk and milk-based products with the aim of allowing the upgrading and restructuring of farms and dairy establishments and the control of mastitis in the herds.
An additional three years have been requested in this filed in order to implement a directive regarding the minimum standards for the protection of laying hens kept in battery cages, with the aim of restructuring farms and to control the stock density of units built prior to 1990.
Processed fruit and vegetables