Greece at court over vet services

The European Commission is taking Greece to Court for inadequate staffing of its vet services.

The Commission has decided to refer Greece to the European Court of Justice, for failing to properly staff its vet services. This persistent understaffing of the veterinary services has resulted in poor controls and inadequate enforcement of EU food safety and animal health legislation in Greece.

Markos Kyprianou, Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection said: “Without adequate staff, there cannot be full and proper vet controls. And without these controls, the high level of food safety that we seek to guarantee in all Member States cannot be assured.”