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Parliamentary questions
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24 March 2022
Question for written answer  E-001231/2022
to the Commission
Rule 138
Henna Virkkunen (PPE)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Safe importation of pets from Ukraine into the European Union

Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine the country is now seeing a humanitarian crisis, with more than 3.5 million Ukrainians having to escape from the war and seek refuge elsewhere in Europe. The authorities in the EU Member States that share a border with Ukraine are working very hard to allow emergency entry into the EU to the refugees and their pets. Pets are coming into the EU, even though they may not have the necessary documentation, such as vaccination certificates.

Refugees having gained access to the EU with their pets, they often have to leave them behind again, because of transportation difficulties, for example. Some refugee camps will not even take animals either. Animal protection NGOs have been very busy, but they are now overburdened, and there is not enough food or space nor enough medicines or supplies for pets. There is a hidden risk with this situation, as abandoned animals that do not meet minimum European health criteria are a particular risk, not only to one another in crowded animal shelters, but also to humans and the environment. Obviously, animals that have become pets cannot cope on their own without proper care.

1. What will the Commission do to ensure that people fleeing Ukraine do not need to abandon their pets in order to reach their final destination in the EU?

2. What will the Commission do to support and monitor the health of animals that have arrived from Ukraine?

3. How will the Commission support animal protection organisations in Ukraine and on its borders?

Original language of question: FI
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