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Answer given by Vice-President Katainen on behalf of the European Commission(15 April 2019)It is the responsibility of the Member States to ensure that the welfare of dogs kept for the commercial production of puppies is effectively protectedCouncil Directive 98/58/EC of 20 July 1998 concerning the protection of animals kept for farming purposes (OJ L 221, 8.8.1998, p. 23)., and that dogs which by law have to be moved to other Member States under the intra-Union trade rules, such as puppies for sale, comply with the conditions laid down in Directive 92/65/EECCouncil Directive 92/65/EEC of 13 July 1992 laying down animal health requirements governing trade in and imports into the Community of animals, semen, ova and embryos not subject to animal health requirements laid down in specific Community rules referred to in Annex A (I) to Directive 90/425/EEC (OJ L 268, 14.9.1992, p. 54).. The provisions of Regulation (EU) No 576/2013Regulation (EU) No 576/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12 June 2013 on the non-commercial movement of pet animals and repealing Regulation (EC) No 998/2003 (OJ L 178, 28.6.2013, p. 1). on the non-commercial movement cannot be applied to the movement of puppies for sale.Based on the empowerments conferred on the Commission in accordance with Regulation (EU) 2016/429Regulation (EU) 2016/429 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 March 2016 on transmissible animal diseases and amending and repealing certain acts in the area of animal health (‘Animal Health Law’) (OJ L 84, 31.3.2016, p. 1)., including those in Articles 87(3), 97(2), 101(3), 106(1), 118(2) and 136 thereof, delegated acts are being prepared to supplement that regulation as regards the registration of operators, the approval of certain relevant establishments and the animal health conditions and traceability requirements for the movement of dogs to other Member States.
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