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Parliamentary question - E-002064/2021(ASW)Parliamentary question

    Answer given by Ms Kyriakides on behalf of the European Commission

    1. The voluntary initiative on the health and welfare of pets in trade[1], operating within the EU Platform on Animal Welfare, has elaborated several documents, including guidelines and a leaflet for buyers of dogs online. These documents provide information on what to check before buying a dog online. They have been endorsed by the Platform members and are aimed to be promoted in Member States in order to raise awareness of citizens planning to purchase a pet.

    2. The Member States have the primary responsibility for transposing, applying and implementing EC law correctly. To assist Member States in carrying out this task, the Commission is considering reinforcing the collaboration between competent services for companion animals and other services such as the Agri-Food Fraud Network, e-commerce expert groups and customs authorities. Building on the previous EU coordinated plan led in 2019, this action would help national authorities to gain insight on the online market of pets, their imports and their trade within the EU.

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