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The agendas and summaries for the meetings of the Management Committee, the Group of Experts of the competent CITES Management Authorities and the SRG are accessible via Circabc.

  • Entry into force of the changes to Annexes to Council Regulation 338/97, as a follow-up to the decisions agreed at CITES CoP17 to amend the CITES Appendices. At the 17th Conference of the Parties of the CITES Convention (24 September – 4 October 2016), CITES Parties decided to include new animal and plant species in CITES Appendices, remove some species from these Appendices, or to transfer species from one Appendix to another one. These decisions have now been implemented into EU law via changes to the Annexes to Council Regulation (EC) No 338/97, agreed through Commission Regulation (EU) No 2017/160 amending Council Regulation (EC) No 338/97 on the protection of species of wild fauna and flora by regulating trade therein, which was adopted on 20 January 2017 and published in the Official Journal L 27 on 1 February 2017. The changes to the Annexes to Council Regulation 338/97 will enter into force on 4 February 2017.
  • More information on the EU's legislation on wildlife trade can be found here  

  • 22/12/2016: Implementation into the EU of the inclusion of new species into the CITES Appendices at CITES CoP17: Questions and Answers
  • 05/10/2016: EU welcomes major progress for wildlife conservation at world summit in Johannesburg read more
  • 23/09/2016: EU position for the 17th Conference of the Parties (CoP) to CITES - EU pushes for further tightening of wildlife trade rules at global summit on wildlife conservation press release and questions and answers
  • 20/06/2016: the Council adopted Council conclusions on the EU Action Plan against Wildlife Trafficking endorsing the three priorities of the AP and calling for timely implementation of the relevant actions by the Commission, the High Representative, Europol, Eurojust and the EU Member States.
  • 26/04/2016: The EU tables ambitious proposals to enhance wildlife protection and combat wildlife trafficking at CITES CoP17
  • EU Action Plan against Wildlife Trafficking

    Infographics On 26 February 2016 the European Commission adopted a Communication on the EU Action Plan against Wildlife Trafficking which sets out a comprehensive blueprint for joined-up efforts to fight wildlife crime inside the EU, and for strengthening the EU's role in the global fight against these illegal activities. The plan has three main strands - greater enforcement, better cooperation, and more effective prevention. The Action Plan is to be implemented jointly by the EU (Commission services, EEAS, Europol, Eurojust) and its Member States until 2020.