Answer given by Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the Commission
Harmonised animal health conditions governing trade in and imports from third countries of poultry and hatching eggs are laid down in Council Directive 2009/158/EC(1) which codified Directive 90/539/EEC(2).
The directive takes into account that consignments of less than 20 units of poultry cannot, for practical reasons, be subject to all Union requirements. They need to comply only with certain essential rules which, according to Article 14(2)(e) of the directive, include serological testing for Salmonella pullorum and Salmonella gallinarum in accordance with Chapter III of Annex II thereto in the month preceding the dispatch of the consignment. Such consignments must be accompanied by a veterinary certificate according to Model 4 of Annex IV to that directive.
The German authorities have confirmed that an authorised serological test for the detection of antibodies to Salmonella pullorum and Salmonella gallinarum will become available early in 2015.
Directive 2009/158/EC does not apply to poultry for exhibitions, shows and contests. The movements to or participation in such events fall under the competence of the Member States.
Council Directive 2009/158/EC of 30.11.2009 on animal health conditions governing intra-Community trade in, and imports from third countries of, poultry and hatching eggs (OJ L 343, 22.12.2009, p. 74).