Parliamentary question - E-007162/2011Parliamentary question

Echinococcus multilocularis (dog tapeworm)

Question for written answer E-007162/2011
to the Commission
Rule 117
William (The Earl of) Dartmouth (EFD)

I have been made aware by constituents of the EU veterinary health harmonisation requirements which will allegedly no longer permit the UK to insist on the immunisation of pet dogs coming into the country against Echinococcus multilocularis (dog tapeworm), which is potentially transmissible to humans and potentially fatal.

Can the Commission confirm whether if this is true? If so, is the Commission aware of the negative effect and threat to human health the legislation might pose and the fact that its implementation would remove a long‑standing rule designed to prevent and eradicate a terrible parasitic disease in both humans and animals?

OJ C 146 E, 24/05/2012