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Parliamentary questions
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16 October 2019
Question for written answer E-003334-19
to the Commission
Rule 138
Michal Wiezik (PPE) , Martin Hojsík (Renew) , Vladimír Bilčík (PPE) , Ivan Štefanec (PPE)

 Subject:  Wolf hunting in Slovakia
 Answer in writing 

On 14 October 2019, the Slovak Ministry of Agriculture set an annual quota for wolf hunting at a maximum of 35 wolves. During the committee meeting, Slovakia’s Ministry of the Environment, its State Nature Conservation Agency, and several other committee members proposed a total ban on the practice. Moreover, over the past two weeks, over 60 000 Slovak citizens signed a petition calling for a ban.

A CJEU judgment on this case (C-674/17) proposes that wolves may only be hunted if there is no viable alternative to lethal population management. Furthermore, the Slovak wolf population is listed in Annex V, rather than IV, of the Habitats Directive(1), meaning that populations of the species may be managed by culling.

However, wolves have been listed as a species whose conservation requires the designation of special areas of conservation under Annex II, which is not the case for any Finnish wolf population.

The number of wolves that have been killed annually since 2013 has been far lower than the hunting quotas set for the respective years, despite hunters’ best efforts.

Would the Commission consider the aforementioned Court judgment to be applicable to the Slovak wolf population, and does it believe that this arbitrary and unjustified annual quota, which would hinder population management efforts, should be re-evaluated?

(1)Council Directive 92/43/EEC of 21 May 1992 on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora.

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