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.
EU Action Plan against Wildlife Trafficking
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.
The Commission, working in close consultation with EU Member States, adopted on 15 January 2016 a guidance document on the export, re-export, import and intra-EU trade of rhinoceros horns. This document updates a previous document on the same subject and contains, compared to the previous document, a new section on the import into the EU of rhinoceros "hunting trophies".
Main outcomes of the meeting of the EU Scientific Review Group of 15 September 2015.
The roadmap on an EU Action Plan against wildlife trafficking has been published by the Commission and comments on this document can be sent through the European Commission's better Regulation webpage.
The UN General Assembly adopted on 30 July 2015 the first ever resolution on "tackling illicit trafficking in wildlife" with a high number of co-sponsors, including all EU MS. The resolution confirms important commitments for action at national, regional and global level and acknowledges the links with good governance, regional stability, and organised crime. The UNGA will revisit the issue on an annual basis and expects proposal from the SG for future action at the next session. The EU statement upon adoption of this resolution is attached here.
The EU joins the CITES Convention on 8 July 2015. The accession to CITES will strengthen the role of the EU as global actor in the environment and trade areas. Jointly, the EU and CITES will be able to develop a more effective response against wildlife trafficking.
Commission Regulation (EU) 2015/870 amending Regulation (EC) No. 865/2006 has been published on 6 June 2015. Commission Regulation (EU) 2015/870 replaces Regulation (EU) 2015/56, which had to be repealed for procedural reasons. The content of the new Regulation is identical to Regulation (EU) 2015/56. Acts adopted under Regulation (EU) 2015/56 remain valid.
Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 2015/736 of 7 May 2015 prohibiting the introduction into the Union of specimens of certain species of wild fauna and flora (OJ L 117, 08.05.2015, p. 25)
New Regulations amending Commission Regulation (EC) No 865/2006 and Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 792/2012 have been published on 16 January 2015
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
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)