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12 July 2019
Question for written answer P-002277-19
to the Council
Rule 130
Christophe Grudler (Renew) , Pascal Durand (Renew) , Catherine Chabaud (Renew) , Sylvie Brunet (Renew) , Frédérique Ries (Renew) , Nathalie Loiseau (Renew) , Stéphane Bijoux (Renew) , Olivier Chastel (Renew) , Chrysoula Zacharopoulou (Renew) , Marie-Pierre Vedrenne (Renew) , Pierre Karleskind (Renew) , Jérémy Decerle (Renew) , Carmen Avram (S&D) , Tiziana Beghin (NI) , Sophia in 't Veld (Renew) , Molly Scott Cato (Verts/ALE) , Joachim Schuster (S&D) , Judith Bunting (Renew) , Niklas Nienaß (Verts/ALE) , Bettina Vollath (S&D) , Pascal Arimont (PPE) , Andrus Ansip (Renew) , Catherine Rowett (Verts/ALE) , Eleonora Evi (NI) , Anja Hazekamp (GUE/NGL) , Martin Buschmann (GUE/NGL) , Karen Melchior (Renew) , Hilde Vautmans (Renew) , Younous Omarjee (GUE/NGL) , Anna Julia Donáth (Renew) , Jadwiga Wiśniewska (ECR) , Valerie Hayer (Renew) , Stelios Kouloglou (GUE/NGL) , Naomi Long (Renew) , Alexandra Louise Rosenfield Phillips (Verts/ALE) , Javier Nart (Renew) , Karin Karlsbro (Renew) , Piernicola Pedicini (NI) , Johan Van Overtveldt (ECR) , Romana Tomc (PPE) , Demetris Papadakis (S&D) , Clare Daly (GUE/NGL) , Gwendoline Delbos-Corfield (Verts/ALE) , Christophe Hansen (PPE) , Gina Dowding (Verts/ALE)

 Subject:  EU must protect African elephants
 Answer in writing 

The COP 18 of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) will be held in mid-August in Geneva.

The situation of elephants is particularly worrying. More than a quarter of the world’s elephant population has been slaughtered in the past decade!

Several states, including nine African countries, supported by EU Member States, wish to list all African elephant populations under Appendix I of the Convention. For the time being, only elephant populations in Central African countries are listed under Appendix I, thus providing them with full protection. The remaining elephant populations (in southern Africa) are currently listed in Appendix II (which affords them strong protection but allows for trade in ivory). This double classification has the effect of encouraging ivory trafficking in Central African countries.

1. What will be the EU’s common position at the conference?

2. Will it defend a high level of protection for African elephants by supporting proposal number 12 for the full listing of all African elephant populations in Appendix I to prevent any trade in ivory?

Protecting African elephants is a key issue in the conservation of Earth’s biodiversity, and the EU must lead by example.

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