Procedure : 2016/2600(RSP)
Document stages in plenary
Document selected : O-000059/2016

Texts tabled :

O-000059/2016 (B8-0703/2016)

Debates :

PV 08/06/2016 - 25
CRE 08/06/2016 - 25

Votes :

PV 06/07/2016 - 6.13

Texts adopted :

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4 April 2016
Question for oral answer O-000059/2016
to the Commission
Rule 128
Renate Sommer, Renata Briano, Julie Girling, Frédérique Ries, Stefan Eck, Linnéa Engström, Marco Affronte, on behalf of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety

 Subject: Japan's decision to resume whaling in the 2015-2016 season
 Answer in plenary 

In November 2015, the Japanese Fisheries Agency notified the International Whaling Commission that it will resume whaling under a revised plan. This 12-year plan would allow the killing of 333 minke whales during the 2015-2016 season, and a total of nearly 4 000 whales during the whole 12-year period. By resuming whaling, Japan is clearly ignoring the ruling of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), which ordered, in its judgment of 31 March 2014, the halting of Japan’s annual slaughter of whales in the Southern Ocean. The ICJ concluded that the hunts are not, as Japan claims, conducted for scientific research.

The hunts are thus in breach of international law and undermine the protection of biodiversity and marine ecosystems. Furthermore, scientific research no longer requires the slaughtering of whales. In this context, we would welcome answers from the Commission to the following questions:

– Apart from the ‘démarche’ that the EU delegation to Tokyo will co-sign, is the Commission going to condemn, in a stricter sense, the decision of Japan to resume whaling and to hunt and kill 333 minke whales in the 2015-2016 season?

– Is the Commission considering any other means to put pressure on Japan through bilateral or multilateral channels?

– If the ‘démarche’ does not have the desired effect, will the Commission undertake legal actions to ensure that Japan complies with the ICJ ruling, or will the EU’s reaction limit itself to the ‘démarche’?

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