Commission adopts report on pet movement in the EU and proposes extending transitional measures for this movement
The European Commission has adopted on 8 October 2007 a report to the Parliament and Council on the non-commercial movement of pet animals within and into the EU.
The report is based on scientific advice from EFSA and experience gained in Member States and concludes that the transitional regime agreed in 2003 for the UK, Ireland, Malta, Sweden and Finland can only be amended after a profound discussion on the future policy in Council and Parliament.
The report therefore suggests an extension of the transitional measures that allow those Member States to retain for 5 years their national rules in place in July 2003 such as serological testing for rabies and tick and tapeworm treatments, for the entry of pets into their territories.
To this end, the European Commission also adopted on 8 October 2007 a legislative proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EC) No 998/2003 on the animal health requirements applicable to non-commercial movements of pet animals as regards the extension of the transitional period until 1 September 2009.
This extension will allow the Parliament and the Council to adopt a more definitive and harmonised system for pet movements based on a technical proposal from the Commission.