The European Commission is going to evaluate its animal welfare strategy, it has said in response to a report by the European Court of Auditors.
The review of the strategy comes almost three years after the European Parliament asked for it.
Auditors said in their report that animal welfare in the EU has improved, but that member states were slow to implement recommendations from the commission.
The EU's animal welfare strategy was published in 2012, and was specifically designed for the period 2012-2015. However, some of the proposed measures were delayed until after 2015, and the commission has not published a new strategy paper since.