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Zootechnics: Norway must change rules on horse breeding



Norway must amend its legislation which requires that stallions to be used for breeding must be approved (“kåret”) in Norway, regardless of whether or not the stallion already has been approved by an officially recognised organisation in another EEA State. This is the conclusion of a reasoned opinion sent to Norway today.

The current Norwegian rules require that stallions that are to be used for breeding, with the exception of stallions to be used for the owners own mares, must be approved by a breed organisation in Norway. This applies also to stallions which have already been approved by an officially recognised breed organisation in another EEA State.

The Norwegian legislation does not comply with Directive 90/427/EEC on zootechnical and genealogical conditions governing trade in equidae. According to the Directive, trade in equidae may not be restricted on zootechnical or genealogical grounds other than those resulting from application of the Directive. The European Court of Justice ruled in 2006 against Swedish rules which materially corresponded to the current Norwegian legislation.

A reasoned opinion is the second stage of the infringement procedure. The Authority can bring the matter before the EFTA Court if the State fails to comply with the reasoned opinion within two months.


For further information, please contact:

Mr. Andreas Kjeldsberg Pihl
Press & Information Officer
tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 66
mob. (+32)(0)492 900 187


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