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C 229 E/178 Official Journal of the European Communities EN 26.9.


The main Community instrument governing trade in dogs from third countries is Council Directive 92/65/
EEC of 13 July 1992 laying down animal health requirements governing trade in and imports into the
Community of animals, semen, ova and embryos not subject to animal health requirements laid down in
specific Community rules referred to in Annex A (I) to Directive 90/425/EEC (1).

Chapter III of this Directive establishes a parallel between the rules for intra-Community trade in animals
and imports from third countries.

However, existing Community provisions on health policy and, more specifically, Directive 92/65/EEC,
apply only to commercial transactions. In this instance the imports are clearly fraudulent and Community
legislation on trade in animals therefore does not apply.

In an effort to solve the more specific problem of illegally importing dogs into the Community, the
amended proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the animal health
requirements applicable to non-commercial movement of pet animals (submitted by the Commission in
accordance with Article 250(2) of the EC Treaty) (2) has been presented to Parliament and the Council.

Although the primary objective of this proposal is to regulate non-commercial movement of pets travelling
with individuals, it is necessary to align the provisions applicable to commercial transactions with rules
governing non-commercial movement in order to prevent fraud involving commercial trade being
disguised as the non-commercial movement of pets.

This proposal was approved at first reading at Parliament’s part-session of 2/3 May 2001 and is soon to be
the subject of a common position.

(1) OJ L 268, 14.9.1992.

(2) OJ C 270 E, 25.9.2001.

(2002/C 229 E/205) WRITTEN QUESTION E-1101/02

by Daniel Hannan (PPE-DE) to the Commission

(18 April 2002)

Subject: Giant sculptures in Sicily

is the Commission aware of the existence of a project near Calatafimi in Sicily which will include the
creation of giant sculptures of Pope John Paul II, Mother Teresa and Padre Pio in cement?

Is the Commission contributing money towards this project and, if so, how much?

What is the justification for spending money on such projects?

Answer given by Ms Reding on behalf of the Commission

(27 May 2002)

The Commission has no knowledge of the existence of such a project and can therefore reply only in the
negative to the question raised by the Honourable Member.