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Parliamentary questions
16 May 2013
E-003673/2013
Answer given by Mr Borg on behalf of the Commission

1. See annexes.

2. In order to improve enforcement when animals are transported from the EU to Turkey, the Commission has reminded Member States of their responsibilities in ensuring proper application of the EU rules on numerous occasions(1). Enforcement action has been improved by Member States following the handling of complaints by the Commission.

3. From 5 to 13 June 2012, the Food and Veterinary Office of the Commission's Health and Consumers Directorate General (FVO) carried out an audit in Bulgaria to evaluate implementation of controls for animal welfare on farms and during transport. They visited the exit point in Bulgaria referred to in the question. FVO concluded that official checks at the exit point to Turkey are carried out in a generally satisfactory manner. The findings and recommendations from this audit can be found on the Commission web-page(2). Based on the findings from this audit, the Commission does not agree there is a permanent and systematic failure of the Bulgarian authorities to enforce Regulation 1/2005 in relation to checks at exit points.

4. Regulation 1/2005 has been applied since 5 January 2007. When Member States do not fulfill their obligations, the Commission may take action. In relation to improper enforcement of Regulation 1/2005, the Commission has initiated infringement procedures in several cases, where it has considered this was necessary.

(1)The issue was discussed with the contact points for Regulation (EC) No 1/2005 in December 2011 and June 2012; at a dedicated meeting with the authorities from the concerned Member States and representatives from animal welfare organisations and the industry in March 2012; and at the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health on 4 December 2012. Minutes from that meeting can be found on: http://ec.europa.eu/food/committees/regulatory/scfcah/animal_health/sum_04122012_en.pdf
(2)http://ec.europa.eu/food/fvo/rep_details_en.cfm?rep_id=2952.

OJ C 19 E, 22/01/2014
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