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Parliamentary questions
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16 July 2019
E-002295-19
Question for written answer E-002295-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Anja Hazekamp (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  Japan's resumption of commercial whaling
 Answer in writing 

Despite a worldwide moratorium, Norway, Japan and Iceland are still hunting whales.

The European Parliament has called on the Commission to ‘continuously engage with Japan on the issue of whaling with a view to abolishing the practice, using bilateral and multilateral channels’(1). In recital O to Resolution B8-0853/2016, Parliament specifically referred to the negotiations on the EU-Japan free trade agreement in this context. However, the Commission replied that ‘the International Whaling Commission (IWC) is the most appropriate framework to address Japanese whaling’(2) and that ‘the EU does not foresee provisions on specific issues such as whaling’ in the FTA(3).

On 12 December 2018, Parliament approved the EU-Japan free trade agreement, which did not contain any provisions on whaling. On 26 December 2018, Japan announced that it intended to withdraw from the IWC and to resume commercial whaling, which is banned worldwide(4).

1. Does the Commission acknowledge that it was unwise to conclude a free trade agreement with Japan that contained no provisions on whaling and that, because of Japan’s withdrawal from the IWC, Europe has less scope for halting Japanese whaling?

2. Does the Commission condemn Japan’s resumption of commercial whaling, and how will the EU now seek to halt Japanese whaling?

(1)O-000155/2015, O-000058/2016, E-008127-16, B8-0853/2016.
(2)E-008127/2016.
(3)E-004424/2016.
(4)https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/2018/12/japan-considers-leaving-international-whaling-commission/.

Original language of question: NL 
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