Answer given by Mr Dalli on behalf of the Commission
The transitional measures provided for in Regulation (EC) 998/2003 allowed Ireland, Malta, Sweden and the United Kingdom until 31 December 2011 to subject, in accordance with national rules, the entry of pet dogs, cats and ferrets into their territory from other Member States to a rabies antibody test, in addition to the basic rules on the anti-rabies vaccination and identification provided for in the above Regulation.
However, as from 1 January 2012, the anti-rabies vaccination together with a valid identification will be the sole requirement regarding rabies for movement of those pets between Member States.
The rules in force after the 31 December 2011, that were adopted by the Parliament and the Council on the basis of a Commission proposal that was accompanied by an impact assessment, will facilitate cross-border movements of pet dogs, cats and ferrets. However, the Commission did not make a specific assessment of the impact of the new measures on interest groups or animal charities.
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