Union of Dairy, Beef, Food Industrialists and Producers of Turkey (SETBİR) carries out “Jolly Livestock in Turkey and EU Project” under “Civil Society Dialogue Programme V” in partnership with Valencia Regional Food Business Federation (FEDACOVA). The project started on 1st of April, 2019.
The project aims to increase animal welfare together with the implementations that were known commonly by animal breeders, animal owners, drivers, officials at resting points and border checkpoints. The specific aim of the project is to develop tools to strengthen the capacity of the target group about animal welfare and to increase awareness to turn animal welfare into a standard practise in line with regulations.
At the end of this project, it was targeted to strengthen the capacity for regulations related animal welfare in Turkey and Spain, improve application standards together with user friendly tools and increase the awareness towards supporting animal welfare and its applications in EU and Turkey.
So, this project will introduce the best practises with the support of the public authorities, provide to develop user friendly tools. And, the guidelines that will be used for the training of animal breeders, managers and personnel of border and customs control branches will be prepared within the project.
One of the project activities is to make a study visit to witness the best practise examples in EU. In this scope, visit to Valencia and Brussels was carried out on 14 – 19 October 2019.
A delegation of 12 people consisting of SETBİR General Secretariat personnel and SETBİR Board of Management had been in Valencia where the project partner FEDACOVA (Valencia Regional Food Business Federation) was located.
The best practises on animal welfare were seen on site by visiting a farm related to university and a private sheep farm in the afternoon of the first day.
Firstly, the ovine slaughterhouse was visited on 15th of October, 2019. In this visit, the best practises about animal welfare before and during slaughtering were seen on-site.
The office of General Secretariat of project partner, FEDACOVA, was visited in the afternoon. Secretary General of FEDACOVA, Sergio Barona Valiente, and the project staff from FEDACOVA, Juan Jose Rico, made presentations on animal welfare regulations and their applications in EU and Valencia Region. Afterwards, a cattle slaughterhouse was visited. The official dinner of the project was organised on that evening.
On 16th of October, ovine and bovine farms were visited. The best practise visits about animal welfare continued with the visit of farms.
The delegation went to Brussels from Valencia on 17th of October. The first visit in Brussels was done in UECBV (European Livestock and Meat Trades Union) that organised farm visits in Brussels. Also, SETBİR was a member of UECBV until very recently. SETBİR delegations were hosted by Secretary General of UECBV, Karsten Maier, and Deputy Secretary General of UECBV, Ingrid Morvan. Delegation were shared information about the project and information about red meat and dairy sectors in Turkey, at the same time. Also, information about animal welfare practises in EU and Turkey were consulted during the meeting.
Turkish Ambassador to Brussels Zeki Levent Gümrükçü, was visited on his office, meat and dairy trade situation between EU and Turkey were consulted.
Permanent Delegate of Turkey to the EU Ambassador Mehmet Kemal Bozay was visited on his office on 18th of October. In this meeting, it was mentioned that the awareness about animal welfare for animal breeders in Turkey would be increased and the best practises in EU farms would be able to transfer to farms in Turkey by means of this project.
The bovine farms in Brussels were visited in the afternoon at the same day. During these visits, Belgian Blue of the cattle breed were observed and information about their raising were gotten.
About the Programme
Civil Society Dialogue has emerged as an important step which strengthens social and cultural dialogue by making away with the biases and doubts between Turkey and EU and by ensuring the social integration of Turkey to Europe.
Civil Society Dialogue Programme which is implemented with EU’s financial support, was designed in 2006 by Directorate for EU Affairs (during those dates General Secretariat for EU Affairs) as a platform that will bring Turkey and EU member states from non-governmental organizations (NGOs) together around a common topic and will enable communities to get to know each other, exchange information and establish lasting dialogue. The first implementation of the program, which has been running for more than 10 years, started in 2008.
Fifth Term of Civil Society Dialogue Program
Within the scope of Civil Society Dialogue V (CSD-V) which is implemented in the second period of IPA that involves the years of 2014 – 2020, 7 million Euro support was supplied to 40 dialogue projects that NGO’s from Turkey and from EU member/EU candidate countries will implement together. The projects that receive grants focus on dialogue development and cooperation themes and work on social issues for disadvantaged groups such as the disabled, the elderly and the refugees. The projects are implemented in areas such as gender equality, education, health, agriculture, food and environment.