Answer given by Mr Vella on behalf of the Commission
The Birds(1) and Habitats(2) Directives require Member States to establish a strict protection regime for all wild European bird species and other endangered species listed in Annex IV of the Habitats Directive. The European Hare (Lepus europeaus) is not protected under the Habitats Directive and none of the deer species listed in Annex IV species of the same Directive occur in Denmark.
The practice referred to by the Honourable Member of Parliament does not appear to be a deliberate act of disturbance of the species. It is for the Member States to ensure that the necessary systems are in place to minimise such casualties mentioned by the Honourable Member in relation to timing and manner of harvesting operations. As the Commission does not have evidence of a significant threat to protected species under EU legislation it does not envisage investigating the matter at this stage.
However, support under the agri-environment-climate measures(3) may be granted for adopting agricultural practices avoiding non-intentional damages to the wild fauna. Furthermore, innovative approaches developing technological solutions aiming at the same, and information and knowledge actions disseminating such innovations and practices, could be financed under other measures(4) of the same Regulation.
Articles 14, 15 and 35 of Regulation (EU) No 1305/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17.12.2013 on support for rural development by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD)