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(before you write to your MEP read on ...)

WELL HERE'S AN EXAMPLE .....

..... of a reply by an MEP to a Proact member's letter:

 

 

From Caroline Jackson MEP (UK)

 

Dear Mr and Mrs Pay,

 

Thank you for your e mail about bird hunting in Malta. I have no record of receiving your earlier email on my UK address and I am afraid that I don't know what happened to it. But I do apologise for the long delay.

 

However, your enquiry is now very timely because I have just come from chairing a meeting of the Environment Committee where we questioned representatives of the European Commission about Malta.

 

Malta will not become a member of the EU until 1 May 2004, and EU law does not apply until then. Once it does apply, then the only derogation, or temporary exemption, from the EU Birds directive that has been granted concerns the trapping of 7 species of finch, which is allowed until 31 December 2008. There are no such derogations in the case of hunting. However the Commission did point out that the birds directive does allow the hunting, in certain circumstances, of certain wild bird species.

 

Once Malta enters the EU it will be open to those concerned about illegal hunting of birds there to make formal complaints to the European Commission plus full details of time, place, species etc. The Commission will be  bound to investigate.  Action by the Commission can lead to the case being taken to the European Court of Justice, and then to the payment of substantial fines, if continuing non-compliance is proved.

 

When I visited Malta last year I met several people who were obviously very aware of the birds directive and of the potential that it offers for curbing the tremendous amount of hunting that goes on in Malta.

 

My advice to such people ( and to you) is to copy the evidence sent to the Commission to the MEPs on the Parliament's Environment Committee. Our role is to see that the Commission does act swiftly in such cases. Only the Commission can bring cases against states before the Court of Justice, in its role as "guardian of the treaty". But MEPs can keep them up to the mark - as we are already doing.

 

Best wishes,

 

Caroline Jackson MEP

 


 

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Proact 2003