Joint answer given by Mr Borg on behalf of the Commission Written questions :E-001404/14 , E-002108/14
1. Decision No 1082/2013/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 October 2013 set up provisions for implementation of EU surveillance of rabies cases in humans and alert notification through the EU Early Warning and Response System (EWRS) of all the rabies events, including those in dogs, which cause or might cause a serious cross-border threats to public health.
2 and 3. The co-funded measures approved for Romania's Rabies programme are the purchase of oral vaccine baits and their aerial distribution in order to vaccinate foxes against rabies and the reimbursement of those costs are based on invoices.
The programme to be implemented in 2014 approved by Commission implementing Decision 2013/722/EU(1) lists other measures to tackle this important zoonosis, including the vaccination of domestic carnivores but those measures are not co-funded by EU.
The approved programme does not include any massive ‘catch and kill’ of dog population as general control measure. However, euthanasia of carnivores is listed as measure in case they have been scratched or bitten by animal with Rabies or killing is foreseen in case they show clinical sign of Rabies: all those measures are not co-funded by EU.
The Commission is not responsible for the application, at national level, of measures non‐ listed in the approved programme.
4. As regards the alleged misuse of EU funds in support to animal welfare, these aids are only payable to improve husbandry standards for farm animals. Stray dogs would not be eligible.