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Parliamentary questions
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28 February 2018
P-001279-18
Question for written answer P-001279-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Jiří Pospíšil (PPE)

 Subject:  Illegal hunting of birds in the Mediterranean
 Answer in writing 

According to a study published in 2015 by Birdlife International, the only relevant survey of its kind carried out so far, 25 million wild birds are being killed in the Mediterranean each year — and most of those illegally. This number includes some 20.2 million songbirds, 1.8 million aquatic birds, 700 000 pigeons or turtle doves and 100 000 birds of prey. The birds are shot or caught in nets, glue or in various traps, mostly for the sake of entertainment, but also for food or cage farming, etc. Many of the states involved are failing to meet their obligations under the Bonn and Berne Convention. Half of the ten countries where this activity is most rife are in the EU, where the directive on the conservation of wild birds applies.

1. Is the Commission aware of this problem?

2. Is it working with the Member States, and perhaps even the not-for-profit sector, to tackle the issue?

3. What solutions does it propose?

Original language of question: CS 
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