The latest information from the European Commission suggests that three more EU member states have now complied with the partial ban on sow stalls that came into force at the start of this year.
Spain, which has the EU’s largest breeding herd, the Czech Republic and Malta, ae all now considered to be meeting the regulations, bringing the total number of compliant countries to 13.
Of the remainder, infringement procedures, begun in February, continue against nine member states. These include major producers such as Denmark, France, Germany and Poland.
Commission investigations continue into the situation in the remaining six countries, including the Netherlands, Italy and the EU’s newest member, Croatia.