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14 December 2011
Question for written answer E-011859/2011
to the Commission
Rule 117
Mitro Repo (S&D)

 Subject: Transport of animals for slaughter in Europe
 Answer in writing 

The transport of animals for slaughter in Europe is still wanting in terms of transport standards and animal welfare. Furthermore, the fact that the legislation is not being properly enforced in several Member States is distorting competition.

The common legislation, based on Regulation (EC) No 1/2005 of 22 December 2004 on the protection of animals during transport and related operations, has failed to resolve the problems, whether stemming from the shortcomings of transport for slaughter or existing within the sector.

The Commission’s impact assessment of the regulation governing the transport of animals, Regulation (EC) No 1/2005, reveals that there are numerous flaws as regards compliance, linked in many cases to incorrect implementation of the regulation and the imposition of punishment in Member States.

What action will the Commission propose in the second strategy for the protection and welfare of animals, which is to run from 2011 to 2015 and is currently being drawn up, in order to remedy the continuing shortcomings in transport for slaughter?
What additional measures will the Commission take in relation to Member States where the abovementioned regulation is not being properly enforced?
What steps will the Commission take when individual firms and operators in the sector infringe the regulation and national animal welfare laws?
What will the Commission do to make for greater uniformity than hitherto in the enforcement of the rules where penalties and punishments are concerned?
How will the Commission tackle the unbalanced competition on the internal market caused by poor enforcement of the regulation?

Original language of question: FIOJ C 180 E, 21/06/2012
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