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Parliamentary questions
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9 July 2018
Question for written answer E-003764-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Sirpa Pietikäinen (PPE)

 Subject:  Results of the Zoos Directive REFIT evaluation
 Answer in writing 

In 2016, the Commission began the evaluation of the Zoos Directive as part of its Regulatory Fitness and Performance programme (REFIT). The Commission then organised a workshop on 16 May 2017 in Brussels to present and discuss with Member States and stakeholders the preliminary findings of this evaluation. At the workshop, there was overall agreement that the Zoos Directive is not only still relevant, but is considered more essential than ever in the context of the present biodiversity crisis. Attending stakeholders demonstrated a strong commitment to the better implementation of the directive.

Despite the Commission’s announcement that the Zoos Directive evaluation report would be issued by the end of 2017, it has still not been published. The issuing of this document is crucial, since, as mentioned in the Commission’s answer to Written Question E-003290-17, it will underpin any future decision to improve the implementation of the directive.

What is the reason for the considerable delay in the publication of the Commission’s evaluation report?

When will the Commission publish the report?

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