Motion for resolution on the key objectives for the CITES CoP17 - adopted in Strasbourg

Thursday, 15 September, 2016
Brussels, Belgium

Today the Plenary of the European Parliament in Strasbourg voted the Motion for Resolution on the EU’s strategic objectives for the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which will take place in South Africa (in Johannesburg) from 24 September to 5 October 2016. The meeting in Johannesburg will discuss a broad range of issues that have a significant impact on endangered plants and animals like elephants, rhinos, sharks, pangolins, and parrots.

CITES has been included in European Union law since 1984 and Member States have been talking jointly at CITES meetings. Nevertheless, the EU became a full contracting party of CITES in 2015; the accession to CITES of the Union strengthens its role as global actor in the global fight against wildlife trafficking.

The Resolution voted today is very timely and relevant as it calls on the European Union to apply the precautionary principle in all its decisions and listing proposals, and also expresses strong support for the listing proposals submitted by the EU to strictly regulate the trade of the Barbary Macaque and the African Grey parrot both endangered species.

IFAW is currently working closely and monitoring the preparation and positions of the EU and third countries at the CITES meeting. Follow us @IFAWEU

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