The Council adopted the regulation on zootechnical and genealogical conditions for the breeding, trade in and entry into the Union of purebred breeding animals, hybrid breeding pigs and their germinal products (or "animal breeding" regulation) following a first reading agreement with the European Parliament (PE-CONS 3/16).
The new regulation constitutes a more comprehensive single legal framework taking into account the “state-of-the-art” in animal breeding while preserving valuable animal genetic resources. Breed societies and breeding operations will have to meet specific criteria to obtain recognition and approval of their breeding programmes by national authorities, and will therefore form the backbone of this regulation.
The new legislation aims at improving the functioning of the internal market and trade with third countries. It contains specific rules for promoting endangered breeds and provisions taking into account the specificities of the horse breeding sector.
As animal breeding is not intended to fall within the scope of the official controls proposal currently discussed between the Council and the European Parliament, the new regulation will include provisions on the performance of official controls which are tailor-made for the animal breeding sector.
The Council and the European Parliament reached a provisional political agreement on this regulation on 18 December 2015.
Tuesday May 17, 2016/ Consilium/ European Union.