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Removing unnecessary barriers: Irish Presidency secures agreement on easier movement for pets around the EU

13.03.2013, 11:08 GMT

Minister Coveney welcomes agreement with European Parliament on movement of pets

Regulations in relation to rabies protection and the movement of pets through the EU have been in place since 2003. Despite amendments since that date, some barriers remained. This new proposal will, however, see those restrictions eased, making it easier for citizens and their pets to travel across borders.  Special provision is also being made for pet owners affected by events such as political unrest or severe personal circumstances.

Welcoming today’s agreement with the European Parliament, Minister Coveney noted that “ensuring a high level of protection against rabies while facilitating travel with pets makes people’s lives a little easier.”

The agreement, which has now been approved by the Committee of Permanent Representatives, is designed to be more user-friendly whilst still preserving the high EU levels of public safety and animal health. A major innovation will be the provision of clear and easily-accessible information on vaccinations, pet passports and other requirements for travel with pets.

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