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Parliamentary questions
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5 December 2018
Answer given by Ms Bulc on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-005215/2018

As the Commission pointed out in its answer to the written questions E-002032/2017 and E-002095/2018, the relevant EU-rules are found in Article 10 in connection with Annex II of Regulation (EC) No 1107/2006(1), which requires air carriers to carry recognised assistance dogs in the cabin, subject to national regulations.

With regard to aviation safety, Commission Regulation (EU) No 965/2012(2) specifies that a mix of passengers and live animals is only allowed for pets weighing up to 8 kg and guide dogs. In addition, the allocation of seats, which permit direct access to emergency exits, to passengers with animals is prohibited.

It remains for the air carriers to define their commercial conditions regarding the transport of animals on-board.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has developed a set of provisions on the carriage of live animals(3). Many of the EU airlines have rules on the carriage of live animals on board based on these provisions.

As there is no safety problem involved, it is not the intention of the Commission to propose rules governing the commercial choices of air carriers regarding the transport of pets. However, the Commission considers that all conditions regarding transport of pets on EU flights should be clearly announced to the passenger when booking the ticket.

(1)Regulation (EC) No 1107/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 July 2006 concerning the rights of disabled persons and persons with reduced mobility when travelling by air.
(2)Commission Regulation (EU) No 965/2012 of 5 October 2012 laying down technical requirements and administrative procedures related to air operations pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 216/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council (OJ L 296, 25.10.2012, p. 1).

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