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Aim of the meeting – organized online on July 1, 2021 - was to start developing a useful network and identification of possible collaboration/synergies. In total 61 participants from 21 Member States participated, including 42 delegates from the NRCs and NSBs, and 19 delegates from the three EURCAWs.<\/p>

Introduction<\/h2>

The participants were welcomed by Dr Virginie Michel, Director EURCAW- Poultry and other small farmed animals (EURCAW-Poultry-SFA). Dr Hans Spoolder, Director and coordinator of EURCAW-Pigs, presented the aim and activities of the EURCAWs. EURCAW Ruminants&Equines was designated recently, and the work has not started yet. Prof Harry Blokhuis, Director, introduced the management and expert teams of the Centre. Thereafter, the existing 5 National Reference centres presented themselves by describing their role and highlighting their activities.<\/p>

Workshops<\/h2>

In three workshops, specific aspects of support to Member States on animal welfare were discussed: <\/p>