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Document 32006D0577

2006/577/EC: Commission Decision of 22 August 2006 on certain protective measures against bluetongue (notified under document number C(2006) 3849) (Text with EEA relevance)

OJ L 229, 23.8.2006, p. 10–14 (ES, CS, DA, DE, ET, EL, EN, FR, IT, LV, LT, HU, NL, PL, PT, SK, SL, FI, SV)
OJ L 118M , 8.5.2007, p. 1114–1118 (MT)

No longer in force, Date of end of validity: 02/09/2006; Repealed by 32006D0591




Official Journal of the European Union

L 229/10


of 22 August 2006

on certain protective measures against bluetongue

(notified under document number C(2006) 3849)

(Text with EEA relevance)



Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community,

Having regard to Council Directive 90/425/EEC of 26 June 1990 concerning veterinary and zootechnical checks applicable in intra-Community trade in certain live animals and products with a view to the completion of the internal market (1) and in particular Article 10(4) thereof,



On 17, 19 and 21 August 2006 respectively, the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany informed the Commission of a number of suspected clinical cases of bluetongue in sheep and cattle holdings in areas in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany located in a radius of 50 km from Kerkrade, the Netherlands, where the first suspected case was notified.


Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands have banned the movements of animals of species susceptible to bluetongue and their semen, ova and embryos out of the affected areas, in accordance to Council Directive 2000/75/EC of 20 November 2000 laying down specific provisions for the control and eradication of bluetongue (2) and Commission Decision 2005/393/EC of 23 May 2005 on protection and surveillance zones in relation to bluetongue and conditions applying to movements from or through these zones (3).


Appropriate measures have been adopted by the affected Member States in view of their entomological, ecological, geographical, meteorological and epidemiological situation.


The spread of bluetongue from the affected area could constitute a serious hazard to animals in the Community.


For the sake of clarity and transparency and pending further epidemiological and laboratory investigations, it is appropriate to adopt at Community level disease control measures concerning the movement of animals of species susceptible to bluetongue and their semen, ova and embryos from the affected areas.


In the light of the evolution of the situation and the results of the further investigations carried out, the measures in place are to be reviewed at a meeting of the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health at the earliest opportunity.


The measures provided for in this Decision are in accordance with the opinion of the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health,


Article 1

1.   The Member States listed in the Annex shall ban the movement of live animals of species susceptible to bluetongue and their semen, ova and embryos collected or produced from 1 May 2006 from the areas listed in the Annex to other parts of the Community or to third countries.

2.   The Member States shall grant the exemptions from the ban provided for in paragraph 1 that are referred to in Articles 4 and 6 of Decision 2005/393/EC.

3.   If necessary, in the light of the entomological, ecological, geographical, meteorological and epidemiological situation, the Member States concerned shall carry out complementary examinations outside the area listed in the Annex.

The Member States concerned shall continue to apply any appropriate measures that they have already adopted.

On the basis of the results of those examinations the Member States concerned shall review those measures and may apply additional appropriate measures.

Article 2

Member States shall amend the measures they apply to trade so that they conform to this Decision and publish those measures. They shall immediately inform the Commission thereof.

Article 3

This Decision is addressed to the Member States.

Done at Brussels, 22 August 2006.

For the Commission


Member of the Commission

(1)  OJ L 224, 18.8.1990, p. 29. Directive as last amended by Directive 2002/33/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council (OJ L 315, 19.11.2002, p. 14).

(2)  OJ L 327, 22.12.2000, p. 74.

(3)  OJ L 130, 24.5.2005, p. 22. Decision as last amended by Decision 2006/572/EC (OJ L 227, 19.8.2006, p. 60).




Province of Anvers


Province of Brabant Flamand


Province of Brabant wallon


Province of Bruxelles-Capitale


Province of Namur


Province of Limbourg


Province of Luxembourg


Province of Liège


Provinces of Flandre orientale and Hainaut:

The area to the east of the following roads:

N6 running north to the R50 (commune de Mons),

R50 running east to the N56,

N56 running north to the N525,

N525 running north to the N57,

N57 running north to the N42,

N42 running north via Wettersesteenweg (commune d’Oosterzele) to the N465,

N465 running north to the N9,

N9 running west to the R4,

N4 running north to the N423,

N423 running north to the Netherlands border.



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Kreis Aachen

Stadt Bochum

Stadt Bonn

Kreis Borken

Stadt Bottrop

Kreis Coesfeld

Stadt Dortmund

Kreis Düren

Stadt Düsseldorf

Stadt Duisburg



Kreis Euskirchen

Stadt Essen

Stadt Gelsenkirchen

Stadt Hagen

Stadt Hamm

Kreis Heinsberg

Stadt Herne


Kreis Kleve

Stadt Köln

Stadt Krefeld

Stadt Leverkusen

Märkischer Kreis

Kreis Mettmann

Stadt Mönchengladbach

Stadt Mülheim a. d. Ruhr

Kreis Neuss

Oberbergischer Kreis

Stadt Oberhausen

Kreis Olpe

Kreis Recklinghausen

Stadt Remscheid

Rheinisch-Bergischer Kreis


Kreis Siegen-Wittgenstein

Kreis Soest

Stadt Solingen

Kreis Unna

Kreis Viersen

Kreis Wesel

Stadt Wuppertal


Kreis Ahrweiler

Kreis Altenkirchen

Kreis Bernkastel-Wittlich

Im Kreis Birkenfeld das Gebiet nördlich der B 41

Kreis Bitburg-Prüm

Kreis Cochem-Zell

Kreis Daun

Stadt Koblenz

Im Kreis Mainz-Bingen die Ortsgemeinden Breitscheid, Bacharach, Oberdiebach; Manubach

Kreis Mayen-Koblenz

Kreis Neuwied



Stadt Trier

Kreis Trier-Saarburg



Im Kreis Merzig-Wadern die Gemeinden Mettlach und Perl


Im Lahn-Dill-Kreis die Gemeinden Breitscheid, Diedorf, Haiger

Im Kreis Limburg-Weilburg die Gemeinden Dornburg, Elbtal, Elz, Hadamar, Limburg a. d. Lahn, Mengerskirchen, Waldbrunn (Westerwald)

Im Rheingau-Taunus-Kreis die Gemeinde Heidenrod


Whole territory


Compartments 9 to 20, as defined in Animal Disease Notification System (ADNS).