Horses Tripartite Agreement

“In the absence of an agreement in this area, we estimate that European industry could contract by a third, with a potential reduction in the economic contribution of EUR 17 billion and a potential loss of 250,000 jobs in a market already threatened by critical unemployment and a significant decline in foreign direct investment in the European Union, with the focus on North America and Asia. Failure is not an option! Please note that from 18 May 2014, all horses moving between Ireland and France MUST be subject to the revision of the Tripartite Agreement (TPA) for the transport of horses between the United Kingdom, Ireland and France came into force on 18 May 2014. At the time of its introduction, the TPA applied only to sports horses and allowed them to travel without a health check between the United Kingdom, Ireland and France. Due to difficulties in the application of the TPA between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland … The tripartite agreement (TPA), which allows the free movement of horses between the United Kingdom, Ireland and France without health checks, must be amended to apply only to certain horses. The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) said that every year 22,000 horses will enter and leave the UK, with the total volume of trade estimated at $300 million (Robin Mounsey, an official spokesman for the BHA, quoted by Business Insider UK, uk.businessinsider.com/bha-horseracing-expert-brexit-eu-impact-300m-thoroughbred-trade-2017-3. The initial EEA dates back to the UK`s accession to the European Economic Community (EEC). The agreement provided for the transfer of horses between the United Kingdom, Ireland and France, without the need for formal veterinary inspections. In 2005, the TPA was amended to include all equines, with the exception of equines transported for slaughter. The modification of the TPA raised serious concerns among horse welfare carriers, as the risk of undetected diseases and the movement of horses for slaughter became increasingly evident. Previously, any horse could travel freely to and from France from the UK with a valid horse passport (and without a requirement for health papers). However, in order to reduce the amount of unmonitored horse movements and the potential for disease spread, this has been revoked and a certification of horse health will be required.

This means that the UK is better protected from imports of horses of unknown origin and disease.

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