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Parliamentary questions
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19 January 2017
E-000283-17
Question for written answer E-000283-17
to the Commission
Rule 130
Jørn Dohrmann (ECR)

 Subject:  Shooting of migratory birds in southern Europe
 Answer in writing 

Every year, birds from northern Europe are shot after they migrate to southern Europe, where it is warmer. In Italy alone, up to two million larks are shot.

The lark, for instance, is in serious decline in Denmark; where it is a protected bird. Denmark is very keen to create and restore habitats too.

It is true that there is an EU Birds Directive; but it is seemingly not sufficient to protect migratory birds in southern Europe, since individual countries are required to enforce it, and, furthermore, there are hunting periods for small migratory birds in some countries.

— Does the Commission agree that there is a problem?— What is the Commission going to do to ensure that migratory birds in Europe are not shot?— What Commission initiatives to protect migratory birds are in the pipeline?

Original language of question: DA 
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