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Parliamentary questions
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12 May 2022
Answer given by Ms Kyriakides
on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-001231/2022

Since the very first day of Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine, the Commission asked the Member State authorities to show flexibility vis-à-vis the non-commercial movements of pet animals in order to facilitate the entry of such animals travelling with their owners from Ukraine.

According to the EU legislation on the non-commercial movement of pet animals(1), Member States may authorise, in exceptional situations, the non-commercial movement of pet animals that do not meet the conditions for legal entry into their territory, under specific permit arrangements.

The arrangements implemented by the competent veterinary authorities include all necessary veterinary assistance, including free marking, vaccination, feeding and watering and, where needed, isolation of these animals under appropriate conditions.

In addition, a coordination mechanism is in place between Member State authorities to ease and monitor the entry of pets travelling with refugees for which the entry country is not their final destination.

The Commission is in contact with animal welfare/protection organisations. It has encouraged any initiatives on its borders aiming to assist in the implementation of the above arrangements and in organising accommodation and/or quarantine if the situation demands so.

The Commission recommended such organisations to get in touch with the competent authorities in Member States to determine the practical details of such initiatives in order to maximise their efficiency.

Due to the human and animal health risk related to rabies, the Commission also encouraged such organisations to give priority to direct aid in Ukraine rather than rescuing and trying to transfer shelter animals to the EU.

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