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Parliamentary questions
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27 June 2019
P-001977/2019(ASW)
Answer given by Mr Vella on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: P-001977/2019

The Commission is not aware of Loro Parque zoo having requested to be registered as scientific institution in accordance with Article 60 of Regulation 865/2006(1).

The tasks of the Committee and experts groups supporting the Commission in the implementation of Council Regulation (EC) No 338/97(2) do not include the assessment of conservation benefits from captive-breeding programmes of listed species.

The Commission is, therefore, not in a position to judge whether conservation benefits for Orcinus orca are accruing from such programmes, including those carried out by Loro Parque. Nevertheless, the Commission underlines the importance it attaches to full compliance with the EU Wildlife Trade Regulations.

(1)Commission Regulation (EC) No 865/2006 of 4 May 2006 laying down detailed rules concerning the implementation of Council Regulation (EC) No 338/97 on the protection of species of wild fauna and flora by regulating trade therein, OJ L 166, 19.6.2006, p. 1‐69.
(2)Council Regulation (EC) No 338/97 of 9 December 1996 on the protection of species of wild fauna and flora by regulating trade therein, OJ L 61, 3.3.1997, p. 1‐69.

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