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Parlamendi esitatud küsimus - E-000057/2014(ASW)Parlamendi esitatud küsimus
E-000057/2014(ASW)
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Joint answer given by Mr Potočnik on behalf of the Commission
Written questions :E-000109/14 , E-000057/14 , E-000425/14

The Commission is concerned by the hunting of migratory birds in Lebanon and other countries of the Middle East as it also affects birds from Europe for which the Middle East is an important migratory route. However, the Commission has neither competence to tackle nor the means to record such practices in third countries, and it does not take part in the Migratory Soaring Birds project.

The European Union does not have specific agreements on hunting with any third country. Dialogue with the Lebanese authorities on environment usually takes place at the Subcommittee on Energy, Environment and Transport. Due to the current political situation in the country, theses bilateral contacts have been delayed but the Commission will raise this issue at the next occasion.

Lebanon is a contracting party to the African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) under the Bonn Convention. As such, it is legally bound by the AEWA Action Plan and its conservation objectives of migratory water bird species throughout their range.[1]

In Europe, the Birds Directive[2] tackles the illegal hunting of migratory birds. Although enforcement lies primarily with Member States, the Commission has also decided to address the specific issue of illegal killing of birds in the EU in collaboration with stakeholders. It commissioned a study[3] and has produced a Roadmap[4] identifying actions to increase the effectiveness of measures aimed at eliminating illegal killing, trapping, and trade of birds in the EU. It has also initiated infringement procedures against Member States for non-compliance with the Birds Directive, including its provisions on hunting and trapping.

OJ C 279, 22/08/2014