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Parliamentary questions
18 June 2010
E-4576/2010
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 117
Alyn Smith (Verts/ALE)

 Subject: Imports of Drosophila from countries outside the European Union
 Answer(s) 

Imports of all live animals from countries outside the European Union are subject to the entry controls laid down in Council Directive 91/496/EC(1). This directive requires that all consignments of animals are checked on entry at an approved Border Inspection Point (BIP) to ensure that they comply with the EU's animal health and welfare rules.

The directive does not make any distinction between species of animal and applies to all animals, including insects such as Drosophila, which are not vectors for animal diseases. The directive does not make any exemptions for the intended use of the animals and therefore invertebrates for research purposes must be checked on entry at an approved BIP. This can often lead to delay, or the insects being destroyed, which is an inconvenience to scientists and researchers.

Can the Commission clarify whether it has any plans to review the legislation? Would the Commission consider revising the legislation in order to exclude Drosophila from veterinary entry checks?

(1)OJ L 268, 24.9.1991, p. 56.

 OJ C 170 E, 10/06/2011
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