Free movement of goods: Commission asks FRANCE to remove obstacles to parallel imports of veterinary medicinal products


The Commission decided today to send a letter of formal notice to France regarding obstacles to parallel import of veterinary medicinal products by farmers for their own livestock. Following the Court’s ruling in C-114/15 AUDACE, farmers are allowed to import veterinary medical products from other Member States, for use on their own livestock. The French measures, by conditioning such imports to very high administrative fees restrict de facto the possibility to import in parallel. This constitutes a violation of Articles 34 to 36 Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU). France now has two months to reply to the concerns raised by the Commission; otherwise the Commission may decide to send a reasoned opinion.

European Commission, 30 October 2020