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New President for Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation

by 5m Editor
26 May 2010, at 7:20a.m.

FRANCE - During its 261st session in Strasbourg, the Intergroup elected Carl Schyter, MEP, as its new President, and he takes over the role with immediate effect.

His predecessor, Caroline Lucas, resigned following her election to the UK Parliament as the country's first green party MP, after leading the Intergroup since the start of the current parliamentary session.

Following his election, Mr Schlyter said: "It is a great privilege to follow in the footsteps of Caroline and carry on the work she has so confidently promoted. I am extremely pleased to be able to take the leadership of one of the most active groups within the Parliament and look forward to working with my fellow MEPs to develop the Intergroup further.

"I hope that during my tenure as president we can work together to raise the issues surrounding the welfare and conservation of animals further. It is vital that we ensure that any future legislation presented by the Commission reflects the desires of Europe’s citizens and protects and defends the interests of all animals."

During the same meeting, Jacqueline Foster MEP was elected as the British vice-president of the Eurogroup. She has been a strong supporter of animal welfare and has been an active member of the Intergroup since becoming an MEP.