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Parliamentary questions
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11 November 2014
Question for written answer E-009061-14
to the Commission
Rule 130
Lorenzo Fontana (NI)

 Subject:  Legality of capturing birds to be used as live decoys by hunters
 Answer in writing 

By Order No 2287/014 Reg. Ric., the Regional Administrative Court of Lombardy (hereinafter, ‘RAC’) dismissed an appeal concerning the legality of capturing birds to be used as live decoys by hunters, ruling that the decisions of the Lombardy Region that the appellant was challenging formed part of transitional measures aimed at fully implementing the EU legislation governing this issue.

The appellant subsequently submitted a request (No 7596/2014 R.G.) for the order handed down by the RAC to be suspended, but this request was turned down by the Italian Council of State.

In the light of the EU legislation governing this issue, the substance of the two orders referred to above, the Court of Justice’s findings in its judgment in Case C‐182/02 and the guidance document on hunting under Council Directive 79/409/EEC on the conservation of wild birds, in particular paragraph 3.5.22 and the footnotes thereto, can the Commission say:
1. whether it is aware of the above orders?
2. what importance it considers should be attached to these orders for the purposes of correctly applying the Birds Directive, bearing in mind the need to observe the principle of subsidiarity?
Original language of question: IT 
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