Trade in endangered species: MEPs to set out priorities ahead of CITES summit
MEPs will set out their priorities for fighting wildlife crime in a debate with Council and the Commission on Tuesday, ahead of the 17th conference of Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), to be held in Johannesburg from 24 September to 5 October. A resolution will be put to a vote on Thursday.
MEPs Pavel Poc (S&D, CZ), Marijana Petir (EPP, HR) and Dubravka Šuica (EPP, HR) will participate in the conference from 23 to 26 September.
The draft text backs proposals by the EU and its member states for CITES resolutions on corruption and on hunting trophies, extending CITES protection to various species imported into the EU, notably as pets, and amendments on control of trade in personal and household effects.
CITES advocates regulating international trade in specimens of animal and plant species, in order to protect them against over-exploitation, decline and extinction.
Procedure: Oral question to Council and the Commission (with resolution)
Debate: Tuesday, 13 September
Vote: Thursday, 15 September