1.12.2004   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 355/14


COMMISSION REGULATION (EC) No 2054/2004

of 29 November 2004

amending Regulation (EC) No 998/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the lists of countries and territories

(Text with EEA relevance)

THE COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES,

Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community,

Having regard to Regulation (EC) No 998/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 May 2003 on the animal health requirements applicable to the non-commercial movement of pet animals and amending Council Directive 92/65/EEC (1), and in particular Articles 10 and 21 thereof,

Whereas:

(1)

Regulation (EC) No 998/2003 lays down the animal health requirements applicable to the non-commercial movement of pet animals and the rules applying to checks on such movement. Part C of Annex II to that Regulation contains a list of third countries where the risk of rabies entering the Community as a result of movements from their territories of pet animals has been found to be no higher than the risk associated with such movements between Member States.

(2)

Under Regulation (EC) No 998/2003 a list of third countries was to be drawn up before 3 July 2004. To be included on that list, a third country should demonstrate its rabies status and that it complies with certain conditions relating to notification, monitoring, veterinary services, prevention and control of rabies and regulation of vaccines.

(3)

In order to avoid any unnecessary disturbance in the movements of pet animals, and to allow time for the third countries to provide where necessary additional guarantees, it is appropriate to establish a provisional list of third countries. That list should be based on the data available through the International Office of Epizootic Diseases (OIE - World Organisation for Animal Health), the results of inspections carried out by the Commission's Food and Veterinary Office in the third countries concerned and information gathered by Member States.

(4)

The list should also be based on the data provided by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the WHO Collaborating Centre for Rabies Surveillance and Research in Wusterhausen and the Rabies Bulletin.

(5)

The provisional list of third countries should include countries which are free of rabies and countries in respect of which the risk of rabies entering the Community as a result of movements from their territories has been found to be no higher than the risk associated with movements between Member States.

(6)

Following requests of the competent authorities of the Russian Federation to be included in the list in Part C of Annex II to Regulation (EC) No 998/2003, it appears appropriate to modify the provisional list established in accordance with Article 10.

(7)

In the interest of clarity of Community legislation, it is appropriate to replace Annex II to Regulation (EC) No 998/2003 in its entirety.

(8)

Regulation (EC) No 998/2003 should therefore be amended accordingly.

(9)

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

HAS ADOPTED THIS REGULATION:

Article 1

Annex II to Regulation (EC) No 998/2003 is replaced by the text in the Annex to this Regulation.

Article 2

This Regulation shall enter into force on 3 December 2004.

This Regulation shall be binding in its entirety and directly applicable in all Member States.

Done at Brussels, 29 November 2004.

For the Commission

Markos KYPRIANOU

Member of the Commission


(1)  OJ L 146, 13.6.2003, p. 1. Regulation as last amended by Council Decision 2004/650/EC (OJ L 298, 23.9.2004, p. 22.)


ANNEX

‘ANNEX II

LIST OF COUNTRIES AND TERRITORIES

PART A

 

IE — Ireland

 

MT — Malta

 

SE — Sweden

 

UK — United Kingdom

PART B

Section 1

(a)

DK — Denmark, including GL — Greenland and FO — Faeroes Islands

(b)

ES — Spain, including the continental territory, Balearic Islands, Canary Islands, Ceuta and Melilla

(c)

FR — France, including GF — French Guiana, GP — Guadeloupe, MQ — Martinique and RE — Réunion

(d)

GI — Gibraltar

(e)

PT — Portugal, including the continental territory, Azores Islands and Madeira Islands

(f)

Member States other than those listed in Part A and points (a), (b), (c) and (e) of this Section.

Section 2

 

AD — Andorra

 

CH — Switzerland

 

IS — Iceland

 

LI — Liechtenstein

 

MC — Monaco

 

NO — Norway

 

SM — San Marino

 

VA — Vatican City State

PART C

 

AC — Ascension Island

 

AE — United Arab Emirates

 

AG — Antigua and Barbuda

 

AN — Netherlands Antilles

 

AU — Australia

 

AW — Aruba

 

BB — Barbados

 

BH — Bahrain

 

BM — Bermuda

 

CA — Canada

 

CL — Chile

 

FJ — Fiji

 

FK — Falkland Islands

 

HK — Hong Kong

 

HR — Croatia

 

JM — Jamaica

 

JP — Japan

 

KN — Saint Kitts and Nevis

 

KY — Cayman Islands

 

MS — Montserrat

 

MU — Mauritius

 

NC — New Caledonia

 

NZ — New Zealand

 

PF — French Polynesia

 

PM — Saint Pierre et Miquelon

 

RU — Russian Federation

 

SG — Singapore

 

SH — Saint Helena

 

US — United States of America

 

VC — Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

 

VU — Vanuatu

 

WF — Wallis and Futuna

 

YT — Mayotte’