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Animal welfare during transport

Council Regulation (EC) No 1/2005 defines the responsibilities of all actors, involved in the transport chain of live animals entering or leaving the EU. This includes monitoring tools, inspections and means of transport.

Under this Regulation, EU countries were required to submit to the Commission an annual report on the non-discriminatory inspections together with an analysis of the major deficiencies. In order to reduce the administrative burden on EU countries, the Commission adapted the rules. First, with the Commission Implementing Decision 2013/188/EU which harmonised the model form for the annual reports. Click here to access these reports (2007-2018). Second, in 2017, with Regulation (EU) 2017/625 on Official Controls. Competent authorities of Member States now have to carry out official controls based on a Multi Annual National Control Plan (MANCP).

In May 2020, the Commission announced in the Farm to Fork Strategy that it will, by the end of 2023, revise the animal welfare legislation to align it with the latest scientific evidence. This includes the Council Regulation (EC) No 1/2005 on the protection of animals during transport.