The Council was briefed by the Commission on a report on the impact of regulation 1/2005 on the
protection of animals during transport (16798/11).
Several delegations welcomed the report, saying that they would look forward to the follow-up to
this report. The future Danish Presidency indicated that this issue was one of its priorities.
The report describe progress on the application of the EU regulation on animal transport, and
identifies several ways to address the problems that have arisen. However, the report is not
accompanied by a legislative proposal. The Commission pointed out the need for a correct
enforcement of certain measures and insisted on the harmonisation in the implementation of this
regulation within the EU.
It was recalled that the Council had adopted regulation 1/2005 on protection of animal during
transport in December 2004 after intense discussions over three consecutive Presidencies.
Article 32 of Regulation 1/2005 instructed the Commission to present a report by 2011"on the
impact of the Regulation on the welfare of animals being transported and on the trade flows of live
animals within the enlarged Community. […] This report may be accompanied if necessary by
appropriate legislative proposals concerning long journeys, in particular as regards journey times,
resting periods and space allowances."
December 2011/ Consilium/ European Union.