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Parliamentary questions
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3 February 2017
Answer given by Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-009522/2016

The three-year pilot project(1) is in progress to develop and disseminate guides to best practices for transport of the main farm animal species. These guides will serve as a technical toolbox in order to assist business operators and competent authorities in implementing the EU legislation(2). They will contain various feasible options on how some requirements can be met based on commercial practices. They will not represent in any case the position of the Commission on the interpretation of EC law and therefore will not interfere or elaborate on the abovementioned Court rulings.

The pilot project covers a very wide range of important issues including many aspects of the legislation with six technical chapters (fitness for transport, means of transport, handling etc.) for nine types of animals: calves, dairy cows, beef cattle, sheep, pigs, chickens for meat production, day-old chicks, laying hens and turkeys. In addition, the project includes an ambitious dissemination strategy with appropriate materials and channels to be developed in at least seven Member States. The project had to focus on key commercial species that are subject to transport in all Member States and the Commission is conscious that the project contains some limitations too.

This does not affect the applicability of the requirements of the EU legislation on the protection of animals during transport to rabbits or any other issues that have not been included in the scope of this pilot project.

(2)Council Regulation (EC) No 1/2005 of 22 December 2004 on the protection of animals during transport and related operations and amending Directives 64/432/EEC and 93/119/EC and Regulation (EC) No 1255/97 (OJ L 3, 5.1.2005, p. 1).

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