Answer given by Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the Commission
The Commission has recently replied to a number of questions on the rules on the protection of technical documentation in its proposal(1) for the revision of the veterinary medicines legislation. As regards the issue highlighted by the Honourable Member, the Commission would like to refer to its reply to Written Question E-013772/2015(2).
The Commission proposal, in particular as regards the provisions mentioned by the Honourable Member, has been designed and developed exclusively to address the characteristics and specificities of the veterinary sector.
Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and the of the Council on veterinary medicinal products, COM(2014)0558 final of 10.9.2014 http://ec.europa.eu/health/files/veterinary/vet_2014-09/regulation/reg_part1_en.pdf