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31 January 2019
E-000552-19
Question for written answer E-000552-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Anja Hazekamp (GUE/NGL) , John Flack (ECR) , Stefan Eck (GUE/NGL) , Pascal Durand (Verts/ALE) , Tilly Metz (Verts/ALE) , Keith Taylor (Verts/ALE) , Jeppe Kofod (S&D) , Jadwiga Wiśniewska (ECR) , Eleonora Evi (EFDD)

 Subject:  Trade in rare and endangered parrots
 Answer in writing 

According to a recent article in The Guardian(1), the Australian Government has permitted the export of hundreds of rare and endangered parrots to ACTP, a German organisation headed by a convicted criminal, despite concerns that the birds are being sold at a huge profit.

The export permits prohibited the sale of the birds or their offspring, but private messages on social media reveal that native Australian birds apparently from ACTP have been offered for sale for hundreds of thousands of dollars. The German federal agency for nature conservation has said it was aware of those offers.

1. Given the findings of The Guardian’s investigation, and the absence of action by the German authorities, will the Commission investigate whether the relevant EU legislation has been complied with regarding the import and trade of birds by ACTP (or by individuals associated with it)?

2. How does the EU ensure that legislation restricting imports of endangered species to non-commercial purposes is not being circumvented by claiming that the importer is a ‘zoo’ or that the imports are for ‘conservation breeding’?

3. What criteria do private entities need to fulfil to qualify as importers and how are these verified?

(1)https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/dec/11/australia-endangered-parrots-german-zoo-actp

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