Answer given by Mr Borg on behalf of the Commission
1. At present, the Commission does not envisage adopting rules for the non-commercial movement of pet animals of the species listed in Part B of Annex I to Regulation (EU) No 576/2013(1) of the European Parliament and of the Council.
2. Pending the establishment of Union rules, the Commission cannot intervene nor comment on rules applied by Member States where they are applied proportionately to the risk to public or animal health associated with the non-commercial movement of the pet animals of those species, and are not stricter than those applied to trade in and imports into the Union of those species, as provided for in Regulation (EU) No 576/2013.
3. In the event of an imminent risk to public or animal health associated with the non-commercial movement of pet animals of one of those species, the Commission may adopt a delegated act, following appropriate consultation, on species-specific preventive health measures, and on species-specific requirements concerning their marking taking into account any relevant national requirements.
4. Regulation (EU) No 576/2013 applies to a pet animal of the species listed in Annex I thereto, which accompanies its owner during his or her movement not aiming at the sale or the transfer of ownership of that pet animal (‘non-commercial movement’). If one of the aforementioned conditions is not met, the animal must meet the EU animal health requirements applicable to trade in or imports into the Union of animals of the species concerned (‘commercial movement’). Regulation (EU) No 576/2013 strengthens the legal framework for the official controls with the aim to better prevent that commercial movements are fraudulently disguised as non-commercial movements.