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Parliamentary questions
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3 April 2019
Question for written answer E-001630-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Guillaume Balas (S&D)

 Subject:  Birds Directive: repeated breaches by France
 Answer in writing 

Alarmingly, 40 years after the Birds Directive was adopted (Directive 79/409/EEC, replaced by Directive 2009/147/EC), France is still repeatedly failing to apply it properly.

In 2019 alone, for example, France has continued to allow the liming of birds, a non-selective and cruel trapping technique. In February, the Government also tried to extend the hunting season for geese, even though the extension would have overlapped with their nesting period. What is more, of the 64 huntable bird species in France, 20 are on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s list of threatened birds. France is therefore failing to meet its obligation to protect those animals under the Birds Directive.

In the light of the above:
1. Does the Commission agree that renewing the legislation that authorises the hunting of certain bird species is at odds with Directive 2009/147/EC?
2. Will the Commission take measures to put an end to these forms of illegal hunting?
Original language of question: FR 
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