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Intra-Community trade in equidae and their semen, ova and embryos

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Intra-Community trade in equidae and their semen, ova and embryos

The European Union is harmonising the zootechnical and genealogical conditions governing intra-Community trade in equidae, in order to facilitate the movement of such animals within the Community.

ACT

Council Directive 90/427/EEC of 26 June 1990 on the zootechnical and genealogical conditions governing intra-Community trade in equidae [See Amending Acts].

SUMMARY

This Directive sets out the zootechnical and genealogical conditions governing intra-Community trade in equidae and their semen, ova and embryos.

Intra-Community trade in equidae may not be prohibited or restricted on zootechnical or genealogical grounds.

The Directive lays down genealogical rules for registered equidae. In particular, the Commission is to determine criteria for the identification of equidae, for the approval of organisations keeping studbooks and for the entry of equidae in studbooks. In intra-Community trade, equidae registered in the country of dispatch must be entered in the studbook of the country of destination under the same name.

Each Member State will be responsible for updating a list of organisations which maintain or establish studbooks and for communicating this list to other Member States and to the public.

The Directive also lays down zootechnical rules. For example, the Commission is to determine the general criteria for the approval of registered breeding equidae and performance monitoring methods. For the purpose of trade, equidae must be accompanied by a zootechnical certificate of origin and identification.

These rules have not been changed with the entry into force of the "hygiene package".

References

Act

Entry into force

Deadline for transposition in the Member States

Official Journal

Directive 90/427/EEC

4.07.1990

1.07.1991

OJ L 224 of 18.08.1990

Amending Act(s)

Entry into force

Deadline for transposition in the Member States

Official Journal

Directive 2008/73/EC

3.9.2008

1.1.2010

OJ L 219 of 14.8.2008

RELATED ACTS

Commission Regulation (EC) No 504/2008 of 6 June 2008 implementing Council Directives 90/426/EEC and 90/427/EEC as regards methods for the identification of equidae [Official Journal L 149 of 7.6.2008].

Decision 96/78/EC Commission Decision of 10 January 1996 laying down the criteria for entry and registration of equidae in stud-books for breeding purposes [Official Journal L 19 of 25.1.1996].

Decision 96/79/EC Commission Decision of 12 January 1996 drawing up the zootechnical certificates of semen, ova and embryos from registered equidae [Official Journal L 19 of 25.1.1996].

Decision 92/354/EEC Commission Decision of 11 June 1992 laying down certain rules to ensure coordination between organisations and associations which maintain or establish studbooks for registered equidae [Official Journal L 192 of 11.7.1992].

Decision 92/353/EEC Commission Decision of 11 June 1992 laying down the criteria for the approval or recognition of organisations and associations which maintain or establish studbooks for registered equidae [Official Journal L 192 of 11.7.1992].

Last updated: 11.02.2011

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