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Parliamentary questions
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27 August 2010
Answer given by Mr Dalli on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-5328/2010

The primary aim of Commission Regulation (EU) No 388/2010 (‘the regulation’)(1) is to reduce the risk of commercial movements of dogs, cats and ferrets being fraudulently disguised as non-commercial movements.

The regulation provides that where more than five pet dogs, cats and ferrets are moved into a Member State, the more complex requirements and checks laid down in Directive 92/65/EEC(2) for trade in animals of those species apply, including a clinical examination and official veterinary certification.

However, the regulation does not affect movements of dogs, cats and ferrets to third countries.

The Commission is aware of initial experience in the application of the regulation indicating that in certain cases the provisions of the regulation would affect in a disproportionate manner the movement of primarily pet dogs for sports and shows.

The Commission is, therefore, gathering information on the implementation of the regulation.

The matter has been discussed with the Member States in the framework of the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health on 1 July 2010. The Committee confirmed the need to address risks related to fraudulent movements of pet animals, but concluded that the recently emerged problems could be solved by reducing the administrative burden linked to the implementation of the current provisions.

The Commission will, therefore, explore and subsequently propose options to address the issue.

(1)Commission Regulation (EU) No 388/2010 of 6 May 2010 implementing Regulation (EC) No 998/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the maximum number of pet animals of certain species that may be the subject of non-commercial movement, OJ L 114, 7.5.2010.
(2)Council Directive 92/65/EEC of 13 July 1992 laying down animal health requirements governing trade in and imports into the Community of animals, semen, ova and embryos not subject to animal health requirements laid down in specific Community rules referred to in Annex A(I) to Directive 90/425/EEC, OJ L 268, 14.9.1992.

OJ C 191 E, 01/07/2011
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