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The agendas and summaries for the meetings of the Management Committee and the SRG are now accessible via Circabc.

  • New Regulations amending Commission Regulation (EC) No 865/2006 and Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 792/2012 have been published on 16 January 2015

  • A Reply to Recent Letters to Commissioner Vella on the "Canned Hunting" Issue

  • Commission Regulation (EU) No 1320/2014 of 1 December 2014 amending Council Regulation (EC) No 338/97 on the protection of species of wild fauna and flora by regulating trade therein

  • Summary of the Responses to the Stakeholder Consultation on the EU Approach against Wildlife Trafficking 26/11/2014

  • The European Commission has proposed to introduce changes to Commission Regulation 865/2006 and to Commission Implementing Regulation 792/2012.

  • Those changes are designed to:

    • implement into EU law certain Resolutions adopted at the sixteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) (3-14 March 2013), notably to simplify the non-commercial cross-border movement of musical instruments and update the standard references for nomenclature;
    • introduce the requirement that import permits would need to be issued by EU Member States for the first introduction into the EU of hunting trophies of specimens of six species or populations included in Annex B of Regulation 338/97 (Ceratotherium simum simum, Hippopotamus amphibius, Loxodonta africana, Ovis ammon, Panthera leo, Ursus maritimus);
    • clarify that import permits should not be issued by EU Member States in cases where, despite a request to this end, they do not obtain satisfactory information from the exporting or re-exporting country as to the legality of the specimens to be imported into the EU.

    In accordance with Article 19 of Regulation 338/97, the Committee on wildlife trade has given a favourable opinion to those changes. The text of the draft Regulation amending Regulation 865/2006 has been subsequently sent to the Council and the European Parliament for their right of scrutiny. Unless the Council or the Parliament objects to the adoption of this Regulation (which can be done within a period of three months after receiving the document), the changes to Regulation 865/2006 will be adopted at the end of 2014. The adoption of the changes to Regulation 792/2012 will occur at the same time.

    The draft Regulations are available here:

    • Draft Regulation amending Regulation 865/2006 [Act] [Annex]
    • Draft Implementing Regulation amending Implementing Regulation 792/2012 [Act] [Annex]

  • CITES documents necessary for trade in shark and manta rays included in CITES Appendix II from 14 September 2014

  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 888/2014 of 14 August 2014 prohibiting the introduction into the Union of specimens of certain species of wild fauna and flora (OJ L 243, 15.8.2014, p. 21)