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Parliamentary questions
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22 April 2013
Question for written answer E-004507-13
to the Commission
Rule 117
Riikka Manner (ALDE)

 Subject:  Follow-up question concerning the Habitats Directive
 Answer in writing 

In January, I tabled a written question to the Commission concerning the Habitats Directive (E-000550/2013). On 15 March, I received a reply signed by Commissioner Potočnik, which mainly referred to previous questions and answers concerning the balance between the Habitats Directive and the wolf problem encountered particularly by Finland.

The increasingly large area of wolf habitat and changes in the animals’ customary behaviour in the vicinity of humans are causing more and more concern to people in Finland. The guidance provided by the authorities is based on EU legislation, and there is a strong feeling amongst the public that this legislation does not protect human beings. I should therefore like to make my question more specific than before and at the same time to ask the Commission for more thorough and precise answers.

Within what time-frame will the Commission publish measures to make the coexistence of people and large predators safer from the point of view of people — particularly children — and economic activity in rural areas? I should also like to reiterate my previous question as to whether the Commission has assessed, or intends to assess, adverse effects of the Habitats Directive on people. How often are estimates of population figures which are of relevance to the Habitats Directive updated in order to ensure that assessments of the need for protection keep abreast of the current situation? Is the Commission aware that the geographical area in Finland where wolves are presenting a danger and causing problems has grown substantially in recent years?

Original language of question: FIOJ C 33 E, 05/02/2014
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