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Parliamentary questions
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10 December 2019
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Aldo Patriciello
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Protection of the Italian Mediterranean buffalo in the Province of Caserta

The Italian Mediterranean buffalo should be regarded as a national indigenous breed of livestock and, as such, must be protected from all infectious diseases and infestations.

Article 35 of Regulation (EU) 2017/625, ‘Second expert opinion’, enshrines the right to defence and the right to be heard for all EU agri-food businesses and livestock farmers, in order to avoid possible procedural errors during official controls and prophylaxis for infectious cattle diseases by the ASL (Italian local health authorities) and the IZS (Italian institutes for experimental veterinary medicine).

At the request of the Campania Region, the Ministry of Health has issued a negative opinion on the application of Article 35 of Regulation (EU) 2017/625.

Regional Executive Decision (DGR) No 2017 of 20/5/2019 failed to provide for the use of vaccines against brucellosis, even though the authorities have established and certified an infection rate in the province of Caserta of approximately 10 % of all buffalo reared there.

Will the Commission take action with a view to carrying out checks and launching infringement proceedings against the Italian Government and the Campania Region, whilst at the same time opening an EU Pilot case?

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