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Parliamentary questions
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17 July 2015
Answer given by Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-008136/2015

The Commission is aware of the fact that the experience that Member States and industry have with the zonal system — including mutual recognition — differs. As the Commission is dedicated to the principle of zonal evaluation and mutual recognition and is keen to enhance its functioning the Commission has organised recently a workshop to evaluate the functioning of mutual recognition and the division of the European Union in three zones.

The Commission regularly carries out general and specific audits in Member States in order to verify whether Member States comply with the legislation.

These audits are carried out by the Commission Food and Veterinary Office (FVO) in the framework of a multiannual programme. Recently the FVO has sent out a questionnaire to all Member States, including Spain to receive detailed information about compliance with the legal deadlines for mutual recognition. The FVO has also planned a series of audits on this subject in 2016 and the reports will be made available in the FVO website when finalised.

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