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Parliamentary questions
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10 December 2018
Answer given by Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-005251/2018

The computerised information system TRAde Control and Expert System TRACES(1) used on a daily basis by thousands of Member State officials and operators ensures the digital recording of all movements of animals traded in the Union and of official controls carried out on those animals.

According to TRACES, more than one billion poultry and 42 million sheep, goats, horses, pigs and bovine animals were traded in the Union in 2017 and infringements to Regulation (EC) No 1/2005 on the protection of animals during transport(2) recorded(3) by Member States concern respectively less than 0.45% in poultry and 0.24% in the other animals.

Concerning the information about the ‘Supplementary Quantity’ (in this case the ‘number of heads’), it is well available in Eurostat’s database, but only at the most detailed (eight-digit) level of the product nomenclature.

(2)Council Regulation (EC) No 1/2005 of 22 December 2004 on the protection of animals during transport and related operations and amending Directives 64/432/EEC and 93/119/EC and Regulation (EC) No 1255/97 (OJ L 3, 5.1.2005, p. 1).
(3)Member States have an option in TRACES to signal infringements to Regulation (EC) No 1/2005 on a voluntary basis.

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