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Mid-term evaluation of Regulation (EU) No 652/2014

VetEffecT has been awarded the Mid-term evaluation project of Regulation (EU) No 652/2014. 

The main purpose for this evaluation is to assess at mid-term the implementation of the CFF (Common Financial Framework), whose results will feed into the final evaluation report to be presented to the European Parliament and to the Council by 31 July 2017.

The evaluation results will be subsequently used during the final evaluation of the CFF Regulation foreseen for 30 June 2022. 


The evaluation will focus on the first three years of implementation of the CFF.

VetEffecT is hiring: Dairy - Beef - Pig - Poultry - Aquaculture - and Insect Circular Economy Experts

Successful companies and farmers of the future will need to:

  • produce with high efficiency  
  • use minimal energy, water, nutrients and other resources,
  • cause a minimal carbon footprint, and causing minimal GHG (Green House Gasses) waste and effluents.

Sustainable farming, respecting animal welfare, wildlife and the environment are obvious other key conditions.

The coming years many farms and companies will be transforming their operations, to adapt to the modern:

  • 'license to produce'
  • new regulations and standards.

New animal production facilities and farm management systems must be designed taking these factors on board. High yields (per animal or per hectare, respecting animal welfare) and minimizing cost of production and at the same time having a minimal negative impact on water pollution, GHG emissions, and animal welfare will determine the competitive advantage of future succesful companies, farmers and other producers. 

For international projects in these areas VetEffecT is establishing teams of qualified experts that are experienced and interested to analyse and advise companies and farmers in these fields. 

For international projects in these areas VetEffecT is establishing teams of qualified experts that are experienced and interested to analyse and advise companies and farmers in these fields. 

Evaluation study to support the evaluation of the Zoos Directive (Council Directive 1999/22/EC)

VetEffecT has been awarded a study for the European Commission (DG Environment) to support the evaluation of the Zoos Directive (Council Directive 1999/22/EC)The objective for the evaluation of the Zoos Directive is to support the European Commission’s Zoos Directive Regulatory Fitness Check and Performance (REFIT) programme. This study is carried out in order to assess whether the Zoos Directive meets its goal and whether or not the different member states have implemented legislation with the help of the Zoos Directive.

The tasks performed for this study are:

Development of framework and methodology to address the issues under examination. 

Precision Agriculture and the future of farming in Europe

The study is performed for the scientific foresight unit STOA (Science and Technology Options Assessment) of the European Parliament (EP).  The study is forward looking, and supports members of EP. The overall purpose of the project is to identify legislative pathways for the EU Parliament towards an sustainable, efficient and competitive agriculture in the EU, and for supporting development of skilled workforces in the farming sector in the EU.

The study consisted of the preparation of 6 briefing papers for 6 different topics as Technical Horizon Scan, and subsequently to develop a envisioning report and

Project report published: EU Zoos Directive Good Practices Document

The final report of our project on the Zoos Directive has been published by the Commission 

Member States are responsible for applying the provisions of the Zoos Directive 1999/22/EC and ensuring their necessary enforcement.

VetEffecT has joined the Dutch Dairy Centre (DDC)

VetEffecT has joined the Dutch Dairy Centre (DDC) as affiliate.

The Dutch Dairy Centre is a network of over 60 companies from the Netherlands supplying a wide range of products and services to the international dairy industry. It is a unique point of

New report on oral vaccination against rabies published by EFSA

A new report on the success of oral vaccination againt rabies is published by EFSA.

The report provides an update on oral rabies vaccination (ORV) of foxes and raccoon dogs. Foxes are the only known reservoir for rabies in Europe, and raccoon dogs are important transmitt

Pakistan Dairy Supply Chain Development Project

VetEffecT has been awarded the Pakistan Dairy Supply Chain Development project by the Worldbank. The project will be implemented in Pakistan in partnership with one of the large dairy processors in the country, aiming to improve the quality and quantity of milk produced by dairy farmers, and supplied for processing.  


The project runs 34 months in 2015-2018, involving preparation of a modern dairy handbook for Pakistan farmers, training of 30-40 extensi

New EU wide report on honey bee colony mortality published by EPILOBEE

A new EU wide report on honey bee colony mortality published by EPILOBEE May 5th, 2015, showed slightly decrased mortality rates of honey bee colonies, but large variations among the 17 participating EU countries.

The final report was prepared by the European Union Reference Laboratory for honeybee health (EURL; ANSES, Fr) as a result of the recently finished pan-European epidemiological study on honey bee colony losses EPILOBEE 2012-2014 

Bees are essential for food crop production: of the 100 crop species that provide 90% of food worldwide, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that 71 are pollina

WHO world wide situation report finds systems to combat antibiotic resistance lacking

The WHO published April 29 2015 a world wide situation report on antibiotic resistance.

Although a quarter of countries that responded to the WHO survey have national plans to preserve antimicrobial medicines like antibiotics, there are major gaps in actions needed across all 6 WHO regions to prevent the misuse of antibiotics and reduce spread of antimicrobial resistance.



Over a 2-year period, from 2013 to 2014, WHO undertook an initial “country situation analysis” in the six WHO regions: the African Region, the Region of the Americas, the