The vote of the Parliament proved an amendment aimed at prohibiting the use of live decoy birds for hunting purposes to be unjustified and unsubstantiated owing to anti-hunting sentiments rather than to the interest of animal health.
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FACE has responded to a Commission consultation on the EU rules governing hunters who import trophies into the Member States.
EU consultation on access to justice: another step to facilitate national legal actions against hunting?
Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 578/2013 suspending the introduction into the Union of specimens of certain species of wild fauna and flora was published in the Official Journal, L 169/1 of 21 June 2013. It enters into force on the 20th day following this publication and is binding in its entirety and directly applicable in all Member States. This new Import Suspension Regulation repeals the previous one No 757/2012 of 20 August 2012.
Economics is a crucial aspect of policy formulation and decision-making, especially during our current time of austerity. Unfortunately the data on the economics of hunting is dispersed and extremely varied across Europe.
There is a need to develop a Framework that can capture and place the various data sets without necessarily developing new or common methodologies.
A changing climate does not change the need for science
On 8 November FACE participated in the European Commission Stakeholders’ Hearing in Brussels on the upcoming 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP16) to CITES, which will be held from 3-14 March 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand.
To assist the European Commission in presenting the results of the service contract – Scientific and technical assistance supporting species protection under the Birds Directive, FACE and BirdLife International were invited to the ORNIS Committee meeting.
European Commission Coordination Group on Biodiversity and Nature (CGBN) discusses Invasive Alien Species
The expectations from the participants of the CGBN were that the European Commission would finally announce their intentions for a legislative instrument on Invasive Alien Species (IAS). They were to be disappointed though, even indications of whether it would take the form of a Council Directive or Regulation would not be given.
Today the European Commission adopted a report to the European Parliament and the Council in which it concludes that there would be no clear benefit in a compulsory restriction of the classification at EU level to only two categories of civilian firearms, namely prohibited and subject to authorisation.