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Parliamentary questions
22 June 2012
E-004656/2012
Answer given by Mr Dalli on behalf of the Commission

As mentioned by the Honourable Member, dogs not meeting the criteria for non-commercial movement of pet animals in the definition in Article 3(a) of Regulation (EC) No 998/2003(1) may be subject to intra-Union trade, provided they comply with the animal health conditions set out in Directive 92/65/EEC(2).

Directive 92/65/EEC provides that the animals must meet the health requirements set up in Article 10 thereof that refer to the relevant requirements laid down in Regulation (EC) No 998/2003 and are to come from registered holdings. The health certificate accompanying the animals shall therefore state the veterinary registration number assigned to that holding by the competent authority.

A charity organisation of a non-commercial status may register as a holding of origin. The obligation to produce a trader’s Tax Identification Number (TIN) is not a requirement resulting from the application of Directive 92/65EEC.

The Commission is aware that certain Member States required the consignor and the consignee to have a commercial status and requested a commercial tax reference number prior to issuing the abovementioned certificate. However, following clarification by the Commission, the competent authorities of those Member States informed the Commission that they had abandoned this practice.

Therefore, the Commission does not consider that further legislation is needed.

(1)Regulation (EC) No 998/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 May 2003 on the animal health requirements applicable to the non-commercial movement of pet animals (OJ L 146, 13.6.2003, p. 1),
(2)Council Directive 92/65/EEC laying down the animal health requirements governing trade in and imports into the Community of animals, semen, ova and embryos not subject to animal health requirements laid down in specific Community rules referred to in Annex A (I) to Directive 90/425/EEC (OJ L 268, 14.9.1992, p. 54).

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