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Legislation in Greece

Beitragvon Srutl » So Sep 12, 2004 15:26

Can this be true in times of CITES and EU Legislation??

"Pylos is the home of the African Chameleon and in fact it is the only
place they can be found in Europe. There are only 300 individual
chameleons left and they are endangered, not because of natural predators,
climate change or even tourism. They are endangered because the Greek
Ministry of Agriculture has issued a license to the company Hippo Vlachos
and Sons to collect 320 specimens and sell as pets. Not only the European
Chameleon but birds, tortoises, snakes, tree frogs, lizards and other
endangered species have been included in this plan to 'save' the species
by collecting them all and selling them. Upset? Write to the Convention on
International Trade in Endangered Species at cites@unep.ch"

On the page
http://www.ecogreens.gr/DeltiaTupou/que ... ptiles.pdf
Jean Lambert asks the European Commission the following.

"From August 2002 to January 2003, Greece has issued permits to a private
company to capture and use as breeding stock for subsequent selling a
large number of reptiles and amphibians (ranging from 220 to 600 per
species to a total of 8540) from a large number of species (a total of 90
species) without any other restrictions about the place, the time and the
circumstances of the capture. The permits include au-thorisations to
capture many species included in the Habitats Directive, among them one
priority species (Macrovipera schweizeri). There are no reports regarding
the overall population of the species concerned or impact assessments on
the consequences of the permits to the natural populations of these
species. The permits were issued without the knowledge of the relevant
National Scientific CITES committee. The authorisations con-cerning
specific species are alarming, for example: - the capture of 320
individuals of Chamaeleo africanus, when the best available estimate of
the size of the European population is 300, found exclusively in only one
locality in Greece, or - the capture of 600 individuals of Vipera ursinii
(listed in Habitats Directive Annex II, in CITES Annex I), as well as
several species listed in Annexes II and III. Is the Commission aware of
these permits and the apparent breach of EU legislation, in particular
Coun-cil Directive 92/43/EEC on the conservation of natural habitats and
of wild fauna and flora, in addition to international commitments under
the CITES and Bern Conventions, by the Greek authorities? What measures
will the Commission take to stop the implementation of the permits in
question without further delay, and to prevent permits which risk to
prejudice the attainment of the objectives of EU leg-islation to be issued
by the Greek authorities in the future?"

Who knows more about this??
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Re: Legislation in Greece

Beitragvon Srutl » So Sep 26, 2004 22:15

> On the page
> http://www.ecogreens.gr/DeltiaTupou/que ... ptiles.pdf
> Jean Lambert asks the European Commission the following.
>
> "From August 2002 to January 2003, Greece has issued permits to a private
> company to capture and use as breeding stock for subsequent selling a
> large number of reptiles and amphibians (ranging from 220 to 600 per
> species to a total of 8540) from a large number of species (a total of 90
> species) without any other restrictions about the place, the time and the
> circumstances of the capture. The permits include au-thorisations to
> capture many species included in the Habitats Directive, among them one
> priority species (Macrovipera schweizeri). There are no reports regarding
> the overall population of the species concerned or impact assessments on
> the consequences of the permits to the natural populations of these
> species. The permits were issued without the knowledge of the relevant
> National Scientific CITES committee. The authorisations con-cerning
> specific species are alarming, for example: - the capture of 320
> individuals of Chamaeleo africanus, when the best available estimate of
> the size of the European population is 300, found exclusively in only one
> locality in Greece, or - the capture of 600 individuals of Vipera ursinii
> (listed in Habitats Directive Annex II, in CITES Annex I), as well as
> several species listed in Annexes II and III. Is the Commission aware of
> these permits and the apparent breach of EU legislation, in particular
> Coun-cil Directive 92/43/EEC on the conservation of natural habitats and
> of wild fauna and flora, in addition to international commitments under
> the CITES and Bern Conventions, by the Greek authorities? What measures
> will the Commission take to stop the implementation of the permits in
> question without further delay, and to prevent permits which risk to
> prejudice the attainment of the objectives of EU leg-islation to be issued
> by the Greek authorities in the future?"

I found the answer of the European Commission:
http://www2.europarl.eu.int/omk/sipade2 ... &NAV=S&LST
DOC=Y&DETAIL=&PUBREF=-//EP//TEXT+WQA+P-2004-0126-N+0+DOC+XML+V0//EN

"Answer given by Mrs Wallström on behalf of the Commission
(written question: P-0126/04)
(9 February 2004)

The Commission would like to inform the Honourable Member that, on
the basis of a complaint (n°2003/4831) regarding the issue by the
Ministry of Agriculture of authorisations to collect and breed a
number of Greek wildlife species included in the Annexes II and/or IV
of Council Directive 92/43/EEC of 21 May 1992 on the conservation of
natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora, it has opened a file in
order to examine if this practice complies with the obligations under
Articles 12 and 16 of this Directive. The Commission would like to
assure the Honourable Member that it will continue the investigation
of the complaint and will not hesitate to take all necessary measures
needed for assuring that Greece acts in conformity with Community
Law.

With regard to the possibility of an infringement of Council
Regulation (EC) No 338/97 of 9 December 1996 on the protection of
species of wild fauna and flora by regulating trade therein(1)
(CITES), Articles 5 and 8 of this Regulation allow commercial trade
in the species included in Annexes A, B and C, if these have been
legally taken from the wild in the territory of a Member State.
Consequently, any breach of this Regulation would only arise in
respect of such species listed in the Regulation (not other species)
and then only if it can be established that the Greek authorities
issued permits for such species in defiance of their own laws or of
Council Directive 92/43/EEC.

-(1) OJ L 61, 3.3.1997"



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