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Parliamentary questions
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7 December 2018
E-005385/2018(ASW)
Answer given by Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-005385/2018

As the Commission already pointed out in its reply to Written Question E-002716/2018, Council Regulation (EC) No 1/2005 on the protection of animals during transport(1)lays down several additional provisions that must be adhered to for live animal transport that exceeds eight hours’. These additional requirements include, for example, rules on travelling and resting intervals, space allowances, feeding and drinking intervals, and temperature control. These additional requirements do not open the floodgates to potential animal cruelty because, as the Commission already pointed out in its reply to Written Question E-005522/2017, they have been laid down with the precise intention to address ‘the higher animal welfare risks associated with such journeys’.

In light of the above, the Commission does not intend to modify the legislation currently in force.

As indicated by the relevant Commission report of 2011(2), efforts should instead focus on the enforcement of the existing legislation. As the Commission already pointed out in its reply to Written Question E-007432/2017, it ‘has been continuously working with Member States to improve compliance with Regulation (EC) No 1/2005 since submitting this report. Commission initiatives over the years include: audits to Member States, regular meetings with National Contact Points on the protection of animals during transport(3), and the Commission's Pilot project on Animal Transport Guides(4). The most recent initiative is the establishment of the EU Animal Welfare Platform(5) and it's sub-group on animal welfare during transport(6).’ The members of this sub-group have identified three priority areas to work on, one of which is the transport of unweaned calves.

(1)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.
(2)Report from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council on the impact of Council Regulation (EC) No 1/2005 on the protection of animals during transport (COM(2011) 700 final).
(3)Article 24 of Council Regulation (EC) No 1/2005 on the protection of animals during transport.
(4)http://animaltransportguides.eu/
(5)https://ec.europa.eu/food/animals/welfare/eu-platform-animal-welfare_en
(6)https://ec.europa.eu/food/animals/welfare/eu-platform-animal-welfare/thematic-sub-groups/animal-transport_en

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