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Parliamentary questions
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22 April 2010
E-0288/2010(ASW)
Answer given by Mr Potočnik on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-0288/2010

The Council, on the basis of a Commission proposal, adopted on 11 March 2010 a common EU position for the Conference of Parties of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), that took place in Doha, Qatar, from 13 to 25 March 2010.

In this common position, the EU expressed its deep concern about the poor conservation status of Atlantic bluefin tuna and acknowledged that demand for it is being driven largely by international trade.

While recognising that the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) has taken a number of steps to address this situation, the EU supported the inclusion of Atlantic bluefin tuna in Appendix I of CITES.

The EU also proposed that this inclusion should not take effect immediately but that its application would have to be decided by the CITES Standing Committee by May 2011on the basis of the latest scientific information available on the situation of the stock and of the adequacy of any measures adopted by ICCAT when it meets in November 2010. The assessment of those elements would have led the Standing Committee to either decide that the listing shall apply from May 2011 or to recommend to CITES Parties to remove the species from Appendix I.

Both, the Monaco proposal for an immediate listing in CITES Appendix I and the EU proposal, were rejected at the CITES meeting on 18 March 2010.

The Commission regrets this result but is committed to the adoption of the necessary and appropriate measures for the recovery of the Atlantic bluefin tuna stocks at the next ICCAT Annual Meeting.

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