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Parliamentary questions
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11 May 2017
Question for written answer E-003290-17
to the Commission
Rule 130
Anja Hazekamp (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  Translation of EU Zoos Directive Good Practices document
 Answer in writing 

The Zoos Directive (Council Directive 1999/22/EC of 29 March 1999 relating to the keeping of wild animals in zoos relating to the keeping of wild animals in zoos(1)) constitutes a crucial piece of legislation for the management of wild animals in captivity, by establishing a compulsory and centrally-regulated licensing of zoo facilities in EU Member States.

However, reports by NGOs and several official complaints against Member States for non-compliance have highlighted the failure of many Member States to implement and enforce this directive.

To support practitioners and Member States in implementing the requirements of the Zoos Directive, the Commission published the EU Zoos Directive Good Practices document in July 2015. This long-awaited document is still only available in English, making it inaccessible to relevant stakeholders in many Member States.

EU citizens should have access to EU legislation and key political documents in the official languages of the EU.

1. Does the Commission agree that, in order to significantly improve the level of implementation of this directive, this crucial document must be available in all EU languages?

2. What is the reason for this delay, and is the Commission planning to have this document translated into all EU languages?

3. What other measures will the Commission take to improve the welfare of animals kept in zoos?

(1)OJ L 94, 9.4.1999, p. 24.

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