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22-12-2007 - Compulsory microchipping of sheep and goats in the EU On 16 November, the Commission adopted a
report and a proposal on the introduction of
mandatory electronic identification
(microchipping) for sheep and goats throughout
the EU. Microchipping is the essential tool to
allow individual traceability of small ruminants,
which is important for ensuring animal health and
food safety.
In 2003, Member States agreed that the principle
of individual traceability of small ruminants
should be established in the EU. At the time,
however, electronic tagging systems were not yet
sufficiently developed for this to be feasible. It
was therefore agreed that research into and
development of individual electronic tagging
should proceed, with a view to it being introduced
as soon as possible.
In the report, the Commission outlines the results
of pilot projects and affirms that electronic
identification could now be effectively
implemented throughout the EU. In line with the
conclusions of the report, the implementation of
mandatory electronic identification is envisaged
by the end of 2009.

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