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Parliamentary question - E-000373/2012Parliamentary question

Harmonisation of rules governing the carriage of dogs on trains

Question for written answer E-000373/2012
to the Commission
Rule 117
Cristiana Muscardini (PPE)

The new Trenitalia winter timetable which came into effect on 1 December 2011 in Italy, no longer includes many of the Intercity and Intercity Notte trains which, along with regional and express trains, were the only trains on which animals too large to fit into a 70x50x30 cm cage were allowed. The situation is different in other EU countries: in France there are two restrictions on the carriage of dogs on high-speed trains, in the UK, not only are there no restrictions, but smaller animals travel for free, and in Spain dogs weighing up to six kilos can travel on high-speed trains, although various limitations apply.

1. Is the Commission aware of the disparities in the rules governing the carriage of dogs on trains?

2. Would it agree that the arrangements for the transport of dogs on trains should be harmonised within the EU?

OJ C 73 E, 13/03/2013