Brussels expresses grave doubts over EID

Brussels has admitted having grave doubts over the practical implications of electronic identification of sheep.

Scotland MEP Alyn Smith raised the concerns of the anti EID campaign during a meeting of the European Parliament’s Petition Committee.

Members agreed the issue should be referred urgently to the Agriculture Committee for an opinion on the matter and could see a full Parliament debate on the implications of the package as early as January.

“The Commssion officials present admitted the package has been discussed three times in the Council of Ministers with, by my count, 14 states expressing unease of what this will mean in practice,” said Smith.

“I’ll be honest, I was expecting a pretty lukewarm response given that we are now barely 30 days from the implementation deadline, but I was delighted they accepted my case that we should turn the spirit of the petition into a call for a review, with teeth, of how implementation works out.

“I remain of the view this package will not do what it says on the tin and while I am glad we have scored some successes in chipping out some of the awkward provisions, I still feel this needs more work,” he said.