Joint answer given by Mr Potočnik on behalf of the Commission Written questions : E-005760/11 , E-006006/11
The Zoos Directive (Council Directive 1999/22/EC)(1) was adopted with the objective to promote the protection of wild animal species by strengthening the role of zoos in their conservation. This is to be achieved by Member States adopting measures for the licensing and inspection of zoos in order to ensure that zoos respect the necessary conservation and protection measures, including appropriate accommodation of the animals.
The Commission is fully aware of the ongoing inquiry being undertaken by Born Free in relation to the implementation of the Zoos Directive in different Member States. Born Free Foundation has indicated that it would prefer if the Commission does not take legal action at this stage on the basis of the results of this inquiry, as it is in discussion with the countries concerned about follow-up action to address problems identified in their investigation.
The Commission is following this matter closely and where there is clear evidence of a failure to address gaps in transposition and implementation of the directive it will take the necessary legal action.