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Parliamentary questions
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27 April 2021
Answer given by Ms Kyriakides
on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-000993/2021

The Commission is aware that transport over long journeys, especially when part of the journey takes place in non-EU countries may be problematic. In recent years, the Commission has focused on assisting Member States to improve the condition of animals exported to non-EU countries.

The current animal welfare legislation does not provide the possibility for the Commission to ban the export of live animals outside the EU. However, exports to third countries should be carried out in compliance with the relevant EU legislation. Member States competent authorities remain primarily responsible for ensuring that each such transport operation complies with the EU requirements.

The Commission has helped Member States improve the implementation of EU legislation. As a result, for example, the number of animals exported by road to Turkey during the hottest period of the year has been reduced significantly. The Commission is also working on a project to improve the inspection of livestock vessels.

In parallel, in the context of the Farm to Fork Strategy(1), the Commission will revise the EU animal welfare legislation including on animal transport drawing lessons from the experience with the application of the current rules and taking into consideration the latest scientific evidence.

(1)COM(2020) 381 final.
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