EU move to tighten rules for horse passports falls short

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EU move to tighten rules for horse passports falls short

17 September 2014
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Eurogroup for Animals welcomes yesterday’s endorsement of the European Commission’s proposal to revise the rules for the identification of horses by EU Member States. This makes the European system for the registration and identification of horses in the EU more reliable and safer as it will reduce the number of passport issuing offices (PIOs), mandate the creation of central databases for equines in each Member State and include all horses born since 1 January 2009.

Eurogroup for Animals welcomes yesterday’s endorsement of the European Commission’s proposal to revise the rules for the identification of horses by EU Member States. This makes the European system for the registration and identification of horses in the EU more reliable and safer as it will reduce the number of passport issuing offices (PIOs), mandate the creation of central databases for equines in each Member State and include all horses born since 1 January 2009.

However, it will not apply until 2016 and does not go far enough problems will still remain as reliable traceability will not become a reality.

“This is only a temporary solution, something of a ‘sticking-plaster’ to address the current system, it is however welcome after over a year of negotiation between Member States and the Commission to find a solution,” stated Reineke Hameleers, Director of Eurogroup for Animals.

“Needless to say this represents a big step forward in terms of equine traceability, but we hope that when the proposed Animal Health Law is adopted and becomes applicable, this temporary solution can be replaced with a new regulation that addresses all our concerns and ensures that the 7 million equidae across the EU are traceable,” concluded Ms Hameleers.

Needless to say this represents a big step forward in terms of equine traceability, but we hope that when the proposed Animal Health Law is adopted and becomes applicable, this temporary solution can be replaced with a new regulation that addresses all our concerns and ensures that the 7 million equidae across the EU are traceable.
Reineke Hameleers, Director at Eurogroup for Animals