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Parliamentary questions
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17 August 2016
P-005763/2016(ASW)
Answer given by Mr Vella on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: P-005763/2016

The Commission does not intend to propose at the upcoming Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in September 2017 (CoP 17) that certain African countries should be allowed to trade a small amount of ivory legally. International ivory trade is currently banned under CITES and the Commission's position is clear that this prohibition should remain in place.

For more information on this issue, the Commission would refer the Honourable Member to a recent statement by the Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries(1).

(1)http://ec.europa.eu/commission/2014-2019/vella/blog/statement-karmenu-vella-ivory-trade-response-petition-avaaz_en

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