Issue of a detailed opinion by: COMMISSION, DENMARK, ELLÁDA, ESPAÑA, FRANCE, ITALIA, MAGYARORSZÁG, POLSKA, ROMÂNIA, SLOVENSKO, SUOMI
The issue of a detailed opinion extends the standstill period.
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Communication from the Commission - SG(2012) D/5739
Translation of the message 001
No abre el plazo - Nezahajuje odklady - Fristerne indledes ikke - Kein Fristbeginn - Viivituste perioodi ei avata - Καμμία έναρξη προθεσμίας - Does not open the delays - N'ouvre pas de délais - Non fa decorrere la mora - Neietekmē atlikšanu - Atidėjimai nepradedami - Nem nyitja meg a késéseket - Ma’ jiftaħx il-perijodi ta’ dawmien - Geen termijnbegin - Nie otwiera opóźnień - Nao inicia o prazo - Neotvorí oneskorenia - Ne uvaja zamud - Määräaika ei ala tästä - Inleder ingen frist - Не се предвижда период на прекъсване - Nu deschide perioadele de stagnare - Nu deschide perioadele de stagnare.
1. Structured Information Line
MSG 002 IND 2012 0169 NL EN 15-03-2012 NL NOTIF
2. Member State
3. Department Responsible
Ministerie van Financiën
Belastingdienst/Douane centrale dienst voor in- en uitvoer
3. Originating Department
Ministerie van Economische Zaken, Landbouw en Innovatie
directie Wetgeving en Juridische Zaken
4. Notification Number
2012/0169/NL - C20A
Animal Products Decree [Besluit dierlijke producten]
6. Products Concerned
(products made of) pelts of foxes and chinchillas
7. Notification Under Another Act
8. Main Content
The aim of this proposal is to prohibit the fur of foxes and chinchillas as well as products incorporating the fur of foxes or chinchillas from being brought into the Netherlands or placed on the market in the Netherlands. This will contribute to reducing the infringements on the welfare of foxes and chinchillas that are associated with keeping those animals. This prohibition is accordingly in line with the aim of the Dutch prohibition of keeping foxes and chinchillas for production purposes and reinforces that prohibition.
Exceptions are made for (products made of) fur:
- intended for transit to another Member State of the European Union or a State which is not party to the Treaty on European Union;
- intended for scientific or experimental purposes to aid the progress of science, or for biomedical purposes;
- intended for educational purposes, unless suitable alternatives exist;
- to the extent that such furs or other products constitute household effects personal belongings;
- to the extent that rules have been defined under or pursuant to the Wildlife Protection Act [Flora- en faunawet] for bringing such furs or other products in the Netherlands or placing them on the market in the Netherlands, except where those rules exempt products from domesticated chinchillas or bred foxes from the prohibition to bring them into the Netherlands or to place them on the market in the Netherlands.
9. Brief Statement of Grounds
Research conducted in 1998 on the welfare of foxes and chinchillas kept for production purposes has shown that there are serious welfare issues. The research has also shown that there are no viable, acceptable alternative forms of keeping foxes and chinchillas for production purposes, even with adaptations to their housing and care. In light of the seriousness of the welfare problems, it is also unlikely that adaptations to the housing and care of the animals could eventually lead to a form of keeping foxes and chinchillas for production purposes that would be acceptable. For this reason, the Netherlands considers it necessary to also prohibit the trade in products made of these animals in order to safeguard animal welfare. Directive 98/58/EC provides the legal scope, since it does not intend to fully harmonise the rules for farm animal welfare.
The infringements on the welfare of these animals are extremely serious in nature, and it is unlikely that adaptations to their housing or care could prevent these infringements. For this reason, the welfare infringements cannot be removed by placing requirements on the housing and care of the foxes and chinchillas from which the imported fur originates. Accordingly, there are no realistic alternatives for an import ban in the welfare issues with foxes and chinchillas are to be counteracted. However, some exceptions to the prohibition have been incorporated (see item 8) for specific cases to prevent the prohibition from having disproportionate effects.
The prohibition applies equally to Dutch and foreign traders, and cannot therefore be considered discriminatory.
10. Reference Documents - Basic Texts
Numbers or titles of the base texts: Animals Act [Wet dieren]; Article 3.1.
11. Invocation of the Emergency Prodecure
12. Grounds for the Emergency
14. Fiscal measures
15. In section 4.2 of the explanatory memorandum
16. TBT aspect
No, the draft is not a technical provision or a conformity assessment procedure
No, the draft is not a sanitary or phytosanitary measure
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