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Parliamentary questions
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18 September 2019
Question for written answer E-002868-19
to the Commission
Rule 138
Annie Schreijer-Pierik (PPE)

 Subject:  Avoiding unjustified administrative burdens in EU animal health legislation for non-commercial keepers of livestock and pet animals
 Answer in writing 

Non-commercial keepers of livestock in the Netherlands are concerned about the letter written to the Netherlands Parliament by the country’s Minister of Agriculture(1) on the implementation of Regulation (EU) 2016/429 of the European Parliament and of the Council(2) as from 21 April 2021 on account of the compulsory registration requirements and other obligations that it lays down. However, Recital 24 of that same Animal Health Law states that the requirements concerning registration and documentation do not have to apply to keepers of pet animals (for purely private purposes in households, whether kept indoors or outdoors, including ornamental aquatic animals), and that specific rules should apply to non-commercial movements of pet animals within the Union.

1. Will the Commission therefore, by means of the implementing acts provided for in this Animal Health Law, make provision for the possibility of derogations for non-commercial keepers, for example, of only small flocks of poultry (the current maximum being 250 individuals) and for beekeepers and keepers of bumblebees, horses and cameloids, because the application of the obligations laid down in the regulation to these categories of keepers of animals would lead to unjustified administrative burdens and costs?

2. If so, can the Commission indicate how soon and for what maximum numbers of animals in the case of non-commercial livestock keepers these derogations will be introduced?

(1)Regulation (EU) 2016/429 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 March 2016 on transmissible animal diseases and amending and repealing certain acts in the area of animal health (‘Animal Health Law’).
(2)Netherlands House of Representatives, 2018-2019 session, 2 286, No 1062.

Original language of question: NL 
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