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Parliamentary questions
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25 April 2018
E-000753/2018(ASW)
Answer given by Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-000753/2018

The Commission is not aware of investigative reports concerning trade of dog meat in Indonesia.

The Commission would however like to reassure the Honourable Member that public and animal health issues and cooperation on animal welfare are systematically included both in bilateral negotiations and free trade agreements (FTA) with trading partners.

The sanitary and phytosanitary measures under negotiation with Indonesia include the right for the importing party to establish the import conditions which shall be fulfilled by the exporting party. This gives the EU a solid legal ground to maintain its policy which does not allow any import of dog meat into the EU territory.

This principle applies also for the animal health conditions to be fulfilled by the exporting partner, in particular the import requirements to prevent introduction of animals infected by rabies into the EU. The Commission monitors the implementation of such provisions through the veterinary controls carried out at the EU borders with the aim to prevent any import of goods and animals not fulfilling the relevant rules or to prevent illegal imports. There are, therefore, no circumstances under which dog meat imports would be permitted from Indonesia, or from any country.

The Commission has no power to act directly in non-EU countries on the issue of animal welfare, but will continue raising awareness on it, including through the inclusion of cooperation on animal welfare in the framework of the FTA under negotiation with Indonesia.

Last updated: 25 April 2018Legal notice