27 February 2013
Milan Zver (PPE)
Article 25 of Council Regulation (EC) No 1/2005 on the protection of animals during transport states that the Member States must lay down the rules for penalties applicable to infringements of the provisions of the regulation and must take all measures necessary to ensure that they are implemented. Furthermore, Article 25 stipulates that the penalties provided for must be effective, proportionate and dissuasive, and requires the Member States to notify those provisions to the Commission.
In its answer to my Written Question E-000372/13, the Commission stated that Member States had provided only very general information on penalties, but had not provided precise information to the Commission on how the different infringements or offences are sanctioned. The Commission emphasised that the Member States are, in fact, not obliged to provide such information. It stated that, as a consequence, it is unable to answer my questions regarding the size of fines imposed by the Member States for specific infringements of Regulation (EC) No 1/2005 on the protection of animals during transport.
Given that the Commission does not have information on the size of fines imposed by the Member States for specific violations of Regulation (EC) No 1/2005, how can it know whether the penalties provided for by the Member States are effective, proportionate and dissuasive, as required by Article 25, and, consequently, whether EC law is being implemented properly?
6 April 2013
Answer given by Mr Borg on behalf of the Commission
The Commission would refer the Honourable Member to its answer to Written Question E-006833/2012 by Mr Cramer(1).