Procedure : 2019/2814(RSP)
Document stages in plenary
Document selected : O-000011/2020

Texts tabled :

O-000011/2020 (B9-0004/2020)

Debates :

PV 11/02/2020 - 17
CRE 11/02/2020 - 17

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Parliamentary questions
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24 January 2020
Question for oral answer  O-000011/2020
to the Commission
Rule 136
Stanislav Polčák, Sylwia Spurek, Martin Hojsík, Alexandra Louise Rosenfield Phillips, Jadwiga Wiśniewska, Anja Hazekamp, Eleonora Evi
on behalf of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety
 Answer in plenary 
 Subject: Protecting the EU’s internal market and consumer rights against the negative implications of the illegal trade in companion animals

Each year a significant number of companion animals are illegally traded in the Member States, often by abusing Regulation (EU) No 576/2013 on the non-commercial movement of pets to move them across borders for sale, which should be done under Council Directive 92/65/EEC.

The trafficking of pets has negative implications on public health, animal welfare and consumer protection. It has become a major source of income for organised international crime, and also affects the smooth functioning of the EU’s internal market through lost taxes and by creating unfair competition, particularly with the increase in the online sale of pets, which is poorly regulated both nationally and under EU law. Indeed, some NGOs estimate that an illegal breeder selling pedigree dogs across borders could be making a profit of over EUR 100 000 per annum.

When does the Commission plan to adopt a cross-sectoral EU Action Plan, which takes account of the views of different stakeholders, including Parliament and the Member States, to address the illegal trade in pet animals in the EU?

How does the Commission plan to build on the work of the Voluntary Initiative Subgroup on Health and Welfare of Pets in Trade to address the illegal trade in pet animals in the EU?

What is the Commission’s timetable for a proposal, via a delegated act under the Animal Health Law, for detailed compatible systems for the means and methods of identification and registration of cats and dogs in databases in the Member States, which should be interconnected?

Submitted: 24/01/2020

Lapses: 25/04/2020

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