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Parliamentary questions
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28 November 2019
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Marco Campomenosi, Marco Dreosto, Massimo Casanova, Danilo Oscar Lancini
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Good practices of Lombardy Regional Government regarding supply of live decoys

Lombardy’s Regional Decision No XI/2087 of 31 July 2019 is the annual act concerning the supply of live decoys in accordance with Law No 116 of 11 August 2014, regarding which the EU Environment Committee wrote on 24 September 2014 that ‘it leaves with the Regions the right to authorise the capture of birds for the purposes of decoys’. This legislative framework was confirmed in a letter sent to the regional governments by Italy’s Minister for the Environment on 5 August 2016. It should furthermore be stressed that the vertical nets used to catch the decoy birds are not used for large-scale capture of birds (point 3.5.51 of the EU Guide) (1) .

Hunting with nets has not been practised in any form since 1968. All requirements regarding the supply, in accordance with national and regional laws, of live decoys are rigorously adhered to, with the principles of protecting and conserving the environment and bird life strictly upheld.

Lombardy’s live decoy databank, the only one in Italy, plays a valuable role in continuing to monitor decoys held by authorised hunters.

In the Commission’s view, is it clear that the good administrative practices of the Lombardy Regional Government do, without any doubt, comply with the ecological, scientific and cultural requirements for the protection of species with a good conservation status?

(1) ‘Guide to Sustainable Hunting under the Birds Directive, Directive 79/409/EEC on the conservation of wild birds’, European Commission, 2008 Edition.
Original language of question: IT
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