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Parliamentary question - E-011859/2011(ASW)Parliamentary question

Answer given by Mr Dalli on behalf of the Commission

The animal welfare strategy, adopted on 19 January[1], presents a list of actions for animal welfare in the EU for 2012‑15. Possible initiatives related to animal transport were considered in the recently adopted report on animal welfare during transport[2], following which a series of actions are prepared to ensure application of the rules.

Member States are primarily responsible for the implementation of Regulation (EC) No 1/2005 on the protection of animals during transport[3].

The regulation (EC) No 882/2004 on official controls[4] provides for Union controls in the Member States, which are accordingly carried out by the Food and Veterinary Office (FVO), the inspection service of Directorate General for Health and Consumers. The FVO makes recommendations on improving compliance and its reports, if appropriate, are published on the Internet[5].

Where a Member State persistently fails to comply with EC law, the Commission may start infringement proceedings and, where appropriate, may refer the case to the Court of Justice of the European Union.

According to Article 55 of Regulation (EC) No 882/2004, Member States lay down the rules on sanctions applicable to infringements of Community provisions on the protection of animal welfare. The Commission does not intend to propose any specific rules on sanctions and penalties for infringements of Regulation 1/2005.