Answer given by Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the Commission
The transport of pet animals into Ireland has already been addressed by the Commission in its reply to Written Question E-010362/2012(1).
Member States are responsible for the control and enforcement of EC law, including legislation on the animal health requirements applicable to the non-commercial movement of pet animals(2) into a Member State from another Member State. Member States are also required under EU legislation on official controls(3) to perform controls to verify compliance with feed and food law, animal health and animal welfare rules.
In order to ensure that compliance checks on pet animals are carried out in a non-discriminatory way, Ireland requires the operator of an aircraft to give advance notice of the arrival of a pet animal. In this framework, the aircraft operator may decide to require that pets are transported in the hold. Travellers with pets are advised, prior to any check-in, to consult the information available at the airline companies’ website. This practice cannot be considered as being against the abovementioned EU rules.
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 and amending Council Directive 92/65/EEC (OJ L 146, 13.6.2003, p. 1).
Regulation (EC) 882/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 April 2004 on official controls performed to ensure the verification of compliance with feed and food law, animal health and animal welfare rules (OJ L 165, 30.4.2004, p. 1).