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Evropský svaz obchodníků s masem a dobytkem (UECBV)




The European Livestock And Meat Trading Union (UECBV), founded in 1952, is the mouthpiece of national federations representing livestock markets, livestock traders (cattle, horses, sheep, pigs) and meat traders (beef, horsemeat, sheepmeat, pigmeat), slaughterhouses, cutting plants and meat preparation plants.


In total, some 15,000 firms of all sizes and 230,000 jobs are represented within the UECBV through its national member federations.


The following stakeholders are represented within the UECBV:
  • livestock markets;
  • livestock traders (cattle, horses, sheep, pigs);
  • meat wholetraders;
  • slaughterhouses;
  • cutting plants;
  • meat preparation plants;
  • importers and exporters.


The UECBV pursues the following objectives:
  • to represent and to defend livestock and meat trade, and livestock and meat industry;
  • to promote Community trade and international trade;
  • to deepen the internal market;
  • to combat distortions of competition.



The UECBV tackles all the topics in which its members feel an interest. For instance, the UECBV mobilizes itself on:

  1. Political and economic issues
    • Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)
    • Common Organisations of the Market (COM) in beef, pigmeat, sheepmeat
    • Market management for cattle and beef, sheep and sheepmeat, pigs and pigmeat
    • Meat promotion
  2. Veterinary and food safety issues
    • Animal welfare
    • Animal health (TSE, Zoonoses, CSF; amending Directive 64/432, epidemiosurveillance network, etc.)
    • Public health (specified risk material (SRM); slaughter by-products; health inspections, etc.)
    • Food safety (traceability: identification and registration of animals, labelling of animal products; codification and modification of veterinary legislation – hygiene package – feed and food official controls; veterinary agreements, microbiological criteria, etc.)
  3. International trade
    • Access to third country markets
    • Import regimes
    • International negotiations (bilateral and multilateral)
  4. Enlargement