Answer given by Mr Dalli on behalf of the Commission
The Commission has not arranged any public hearing in relation to the proposed revision of Regulation (EC) No 998/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council(1) and of Council Directive 92/65/EEC(2).
However, at the meeting of the Animal Health Advisory Committee of the Advisory Group on the Food Chain, Animal Health and Plant Health of 17 February 2012(3) the Commission provided information on upcoming legislative initiatives, including the review of Regulation (EC) No 998/2003(4) and the amendment to Directive 92/65/EEC(5).
The main objective of the review of Regulation (EC) No 998/2003 was to align that regulation to Articles 290 and 291 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union following the 2010 Commission's commitment(6) and to ensure that the new Regulation is better understood by citizens as well as correctly and consistently implemented and enforced by the competent authorities, while worded in accordance with the current Union legislative drafting rules.
For that reason, the Commission considered that no particular consultation of interested parties was necessary in respect of the matter.