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17-06-2009 - Travelling with pets

Travelling with pets

Commission proposes

extension of transiti onal measures

The European Commission has adopted a proposal on 16 June regarding the transitional animal health requirements

applicable to the movement of pet animals travelling with their owners to Finland, Ireland, Malta, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

The proposal states that the transitional measures should be extended until 31 December 2011.

The current transiti onal period expires on 30 June 2010 and had been granted to derogate from the harmonised Community

framework laid down
in ‘Pet Regulati on’ (EC) 998/2003.

Regulation (EC) No 998/2003 lays down that “pet dogs, cats and ferrets travelling for non-commercial movements
to another Member State must be accompanied by a passport, or when imported from a third countryby a certi fi cate, providing proof of a valid anti -rabies vaccinati on”.

Under the transitional period Finland, Ireland, Malta, Sweden and the United Kingdom are allowed to ask for additional requirements in relation to rabies,tapeworms and ticks when pet
animals enter their territory.

The Commission proposal from 16 June is following an impact assessment based on recent consultations and on the report from 8 October 2007 (taking into account the European

Food Safety Authority (EFSA) opinion). The Commission now considersthat the “conditions for movingto a fully harmonised set of rules throughout the EU that would avoid unnecessary burden for travelers are almost entirely fulfilled. However, in order to ensure that the rabies situation in the EU improves even further, the Commission proposes to prolong the transitional period (for Finland, Ireland, Malta, Sweden and the United Kingdom) unti l 31 December 2011” and will continue its support for vaccination to control rabies in wildlife in certain Member States and neighbouring countries. European Parliament and the Council will now discuss the proposal and the formal adoption will be under the co-decision procedure.



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