Answer given by Mr Dalli on behalf of the Commission
The Commission is aware that the illegal online trade might circumvent Regulation (EC) No 1523/20071, banning the placing on the market, import to and export from the Union of cat and dog fur, and products containing such fur. However, the enforcement of the regulation remains mainly under the responsibility of the Member States.
Based on the provisions of Regulation (EC) No 1523/2007 the Commission is collecting and analysing information on how Member States prevent commercial illegal imports and illegal exports, including orders by mail and through Internet. On the basis of this information, the Commission will report to the European Parliament and the Council on the application of the regulation. The information currently available confirms that the majority of Member States have implemented official checks on imports for placing these products on the EU market. Checks are also being performed on orders by mail and through the Internet.
-  Regulation (EC) No 1523/2007 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 December 2007 banning the placing on the market and the import to, or export from, the Community of cat and dog fur, and products containing such fur.
OJ C 228 E, 07/08/2013