Export of live animals from the EU to third countries

E-001116/2013            
1 February 2013    
Nadja Hirsch (ALDE) , Jorgo Chatzimarkakis (ALDE) , Sonia Alfano (ALDE) , Andrea Zanoni (ALDE)

 

Question:

1. In line with general market conditions (high EU prices, important worldwide demand, shortage in supply) all export refunds for beef and live bovine animals (intended for breeding) were phased out as from the 21st of September 2012. Export refunds for live cattle intended for slaughter were already put to zero in 2005. Export refunds were only granted if all relevant animal welfare rules were respected, i.e. Commission Regulation (EU) No 817/2010(1).

2. Over these four years exports of live bovine animals increased from 403 143 heads in 2009 to 768 572 heads in 2012. The main destinations were Turkey, Croatia, Lebanon, Israel, and Algeria.

For live sheep, exports grew from 225 177 heads in 2009 to 1 635 546 heads in 2012, with main destinations Libya, Jordan and Turkey.

Live goats exports increased from 2 311 heads in 2009 to 11 564 in 2012 with main destinations Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Albania.

Finally, total live swine exports decreased from 2 211 220 heads in 2009 to 1 239 751 heads in 2012 and main destinations were Croatia, Ukraine and Russia.

3. The differentiation for the requested three categories can only be made for live bovine animals. For the live swine, sheep and goat exports only separate figures for breeding are available.

The Commission is sending directly to the Honourable Member and to Parliament Secretariat four tables containing the detailed statistics requested under questions 2 and 3.


(1)    OJ L 245, 17.9.2010.

 

Answer given by Mr Cioloş on behalf of the Commission

27 March 2013    

1. In line with general market conditions (high EU prices, important worldwide demand, shortage in supply) all export refunds for beef and live bovine animals (intended for breeding) were phased out as from the 21st of September 2012. Export refunds for live cattle intended for slaughter were already put to zero in 2005. Export refunds were only granted if all relevant animal welfare rules were respected, i.e. Commission Regulation (EU) No 817/2010(1).

2. Over these four years exports of live bovine animals increased from 403 143 heads in 2009 to 768 572 heads in 2012. The main destinations were Turkey, Croatia, Lebanon, Israel, and Algeria.

For live sheep, exports grew from 225 177 heads in 2009 to 1 635 546 heads in 2012, with main destinations Libya, Jordan and Turkey.

Live goats exports increased from 2 311 heads in 2009 to 11 564 in 2012 with main destinations Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Albania.

Finally, total live swine exports decreased from 2 211 220 heads in 2009 to 1 239 751 heads in 2012 and main destinations were Croatia, Ukraine and Russia.

3. The differentiation for the requested three categories can only be made for live bovine animals. For the live swine, sheep and goat exports only separate figures for breeding are available.

The Commission is sending directly to the Honourable Member and to Parliament Secretariat four tables containing the detailed statistics requested under questions 2 and 3.


(1)    OJ L 245, 17.9.2010.

 

 

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