I was very pleased to see the introduction of the new EU Platform on Animal Welfare. The new Platform enshrines the exchange of information and best practice, and actively encourages the direct involvement of stakeholders for animal welfare. There will also be an enhanced dialogue on a range of animal welfare issues relevant at EU level among a range of competent authorities, businesses, civil society and scientists. However the Platform is incomplete as it does not include any stipulation to protect the welfare of companion animals. Many issues affecting companion animals would benefit from transnational legislation, and would also benefit from joined-up discussions involving the European Commission, the European Parliament and Member States, including agencies, and border and veterinary authorities. I have therefore actively been supporting the EU Dog and Cat Alliance’s campaign calling for the adequate coverage and protection of companion animals in the new EU Platform on Animal Welfare.