At its meeting yesterday, 11 May, the EU’s Policy Committee expressed an opinion on any impediment to Hippoculture Ddl. The Committee on Budgets postpones the examination: the Government’s technical report is missing.
The examination of the bill continues in the committees of the Chamber of Deputies “Discipline of horse breeding and delegation to the Government for the adoption of provisions for the development of the sector”with the signature of Maria Cristina Gadda (living Italy).
Yesterday, May 11, the text was returned to the Committee on Budgets, with a new adjournment of the opinion after the intervention with which the undersecretary Federico Freni pointed out that the technical report of the Government requested by the members has not yet been finished because the Ministry of Economy and Finance is pending clarifications by the competent ministries.
The bill ended under the lens of the European Union’s Policy Committee. Here, the speaker Francesca Galizia (M5S), underlines that the introductory report to the original text of the provision shows that the current legislation linked to the equine sector is penalized by a large fragmentation, so it is uneven in terms of the fiscal, social and social sphere, security, urban planning, the environment and the administration. This lack of homogeneity creates, in practice, profiles of uncertainty for operators in the sector that they have to solve difficulties in the classification of their activity, such as, for example, amateur sports associations and agrotourism companies that manage equestrian tourism activities, or have to observe waste management rules that do not take into account the specifics of the operating segment in question.
With regard to competency profiles, he recalled that European legislation has intervened in the sector through veterinary, zootechnical, control and participation rules in horse competitions. “
Starting with European Project Animal Welfare Indicators (Awin) which measures animal welfare indicators also with reference to equidae and European animal health legislation (Regulation (EU) 2016/429) and methods of identification of equidae (regulation on equine passport, referred to in Regulation (EU) 2015/262), implemented in Italy with Article 13 of Law no. 167, which commissioned the organization and management of the equine registry to the Ministry of Health, repealing the rules that placed it under the control of the Union.
Going on to describe the content of the provision in question, Galicia points out that “Article 1 contemplates the definitions inherent in the activity of making horses. More specifically, this is the activity that affects all equines and refers to the reproduction, gestation, birth and weaning performed in an entrepreneurial way. These activities are considered agricultural in accordance with art. 2135 of the Civil Code and the tax and social security provisions in force for the agricultural sector. In addition, the following activities are considered linked to agricultural activity: operation and management of fertilization stations, assistance and management of semen production; domesticate, train, train, own and protect horses; the improvement and promotion of indigenous and non-indigenous breeds; the management and maintenance of equidae, even if owned by third parties other than breeders, regardless of the age of the equidae themselves; the promotion of equine techniques, practices and training activities in collaboration with schools and farms and veterinary clinics; the promotion and teaching of railway activities ”.
Likewise, the pentastellata deputy points out that, “in accordance with article 1, paragraph 6, the application of VAT at the reduced rate of 10 percent for the transfer and sale of equities regulated by the provision, as well as employees in professional sports who have reached the end of their careers. In this regard, he recalled that in the past the Court of Justice of the European Union, in a judgment of 25 April 2013 (Case C-212/11) had criticized the application of a reduced rate of VAT to sales of greyhounds and horses. , not intended for the manufacture of foodstuffs, horse rental and certain services, as they run counter to some of the obligations laid down in Council Directive 2006/112 / EC of 28 November 2006 on the common value added tax. However, the recent Council Directive (EU) 2022/542 of 5 April 2022 amending Directives 2006/112 / EC and (EU) 2020/285 as regards the types of value added tax has included, in Annex III, point 11-bis of the said Directive 2006/112 / EC, precisely the case in question relating to live equidae and the provision of services linked thereto, making the provision in question compatible with EU law.
Continuing with the illustration of the text, recall that the following paragraph 7 of Article 1 provides that they are considered, for the purposes of social security and assistance legislation, including that relating to insurance for accidents at work and illnesses. professionals, agricultural workers.
Finally, section 8 prohibits the use in the food chain of liquids used for social or therapeutic purposes. Article 2 provides for the safeguard clause, stating that the provisions of this bill are applicable to the regions with special status and to the autonomous provinces of Trento and Bolzano, in a manner compatible with the respective statutes and the corresponding development regulations. . Article 3 provides for the financial coverage clause of the expenses arising from Article 1 equal to 5 million euros from the year 2021 “.
In conclusion, Considering the limited competence profiles of the Commission, accepting the rapporteur’s proposal, the defendants already gave their opinion without hindrance in yesterday’s session..