28/01/2021: Today the draft Commission Regulation amending the current rules on wildlife trade has been published for feedback on the European Commission’s “Have your say” page until 25/02/2021. The revised Regulation aligns the EU rules to the latest developments, including provisions to further tighten EU rules for trade in ivory, in line with the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030. These provisions are supplemented by a draft revised guidance on ivory trade. More information can be found on the DG ENV website.
21/08/2020: Updated Notice to stakeholders – Withdrawal of the United Kingdom and EU rules on trade in protected species (update 21-08-20).
12/12/2019: Changes to the Annexes to the EU CITES Regulation, following the listing decisions made at CITES CoP18 (Geneva, 17-28 August 2019). The amendments made by the Conference of the Parties to the Appendices of the Convention 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 2019/2117, which was adopted on 29 November 2019 and published in the Official Journal L 320 on 11 December 2019. The changes to the Annexes to the CITES Regulation will enter into force on 14 December 2019.
18/11/2019: Document on the outcomes of CITES CoP 18 and on their transposition into EU law.
13/11/2019: Adoption of a revised Guidance document on the export, re-export, import and intra-Union trade of rhinoceros horns. This document replaces Commission Notice (2016/C 15/02) of 16 January 2016.
Latest update of the “Suspensions Regulation”: Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/1587 prohibiting the introduction into the Union of specimens of certain species of wild fauna and flora was adopted on 24/09/2019. It replaces Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 2017/1915 of 17/10/2017.
22/03/2019: Adoption of the Commission Guidance document on the Proof of legal acquisition for live animals of Annex B species and necessary documentary evidence. The guidance document will help the competent authorities of the EU Member States in situations where the legal acquisition or introduction into the EU of live specimens listed in Annex B of Regulation (EC) No 338/97 needs to be demonstrated by means of documentary evidence.
Adoption on 06/02/2019 of Commission Regulation (EU) 2019/220 amending Regulation (EC) No 865/2006 laying down detailed rules concerning the implementation of Council Regulation (EC) no 338/97 on the protection of species of wild fauna and flora by regulating trade therein.
22/01/2019: Following up on the public consultation on ivory trade and the stakeholder meeting in 2017, on 28/01/2019 the Commission is organising an informal meeting with stakeholders to exchange views on possible additional EU measures in this area. The meeting will be web-streamed from its start at 14h00.
22/01/2019: In preparation for the 18th meeting of the CITES Conference of Parties (CoP18), on 29/01/2019 the Commission is organising a consultation meeting with stakeholders and Member States on the position to be taken by the EU with regard to the proposals on the CoP18 agenda. The meeting will be web-streamed from its start at 10h00.
07/01/2019: CoP18 - The EU and its Member States have submitted their proposals for endangered species to be added to the lists of animals and plants that are protected from over-exploitation through international trade under CITES. Some proposals also suggest amendments to existing listings to improve the species’ conservation and strengthen the application of the Convention. Most of these proposals were developed with partner countries and are presented jointly with them. The proposals, in addition to those made without EU involvement by other Parties to the Convention, will be considered by the 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP18) to CITES, to be held in Colombo, Sri Lanka from 23 May to 3 June 2019. All proposals can be consulted on the CITES website.
19/10/2018: Adoption of the Commission guidance document on the verification of legality in timber trade. This guidance document will help the competent authorities of the EU Member States to follow a common approach and strengthen cooperation in case of doubts as to the legality of timber from CITES-listed tree species imported into the EU.
20/06/2018: Operation Thunderstorm – in a month-long operation (1 – 31/5/18), this internationally coordinated operation against wildlife trafficking identified 1,400 suspected criminals and resulted in seizures worth millions of dollars, including 1.3 tonnes of ivory, 8 tonnes of pangolins scales, 4 000 birds and 27 000 reptiles. Coordinated by INTERPOL, the enforcement operation involved police, customs, border, environment, wildlife and forestry agencies from 92 countries, including a large majority of EU Member States.
23/04/2018: The European Commission has received messages from a number of stakeholders and citizens with regard to the EU approach and rules on ivory trade. In that respect, the European Commission wishes to draw the attention of all interested parties to the reply by the European Union and its Member States to CITES Notification 2017/077 regarding the closure of domestic ivory markets that are contributing to poaching or illegal trade.
8/12/2017: At the closing date of the public consultation on ivory trade in the European Union the European Commission will organise a stakeholder meeting on ivory trade. Primarily, the meeting will give participants the opportunity to express their views on the public consultation. Registration is closed but the meeting will be web-streamed and can be followed from 9h30 online.
Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1915 prohibiting the introduction into the Union of specimens of certain species of wild fauna and flora was adopted on 19/10/2017 replacing Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 2015/736 of 07/05/2015.
The European Commission is organising a Consultation meeting with stakeholders to prepare for the 69th meeting of the CITES Standing Committee. It will take place on 25th October 2017 from 14h. The registration for this meeting is closed, but the meeting will be webstreamed – use this link to follow the meeting online.
15/09/2017: Public consultation on ivory trade in the EU. The consultation aims at compiling information and views on the extent, structure and main features of legal and illegal trade in ivory in and from the EU, as well as on the priorities that the EU should follow in its approach against ivory trafficking. Deadline: 08/12/2017.
16/05/2017: Adoption of the Guidance document on EU regime governing intra-EU trade and re-export of ivory and the Guidance on Worked Specimens under the EU Wildlife Trade Regulations
06/03/17: Implementation in the EU of the listing of rosewood and palisander species into CITES Appendix II at CITES CoP17: Questions and Answers
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
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.