Endast vargar som vållat skada skall skyddsjagas Janez Potočnik
EU-kommisionnär Janez Potočnik kommenterade idag gårdagens regeringsbeslut om "förtydligande av skyddsjakt".
Eric Degerbeck vid EU:s svenska representation betonade i DN att EU kommer att ha fortsatt koll på hur Sverige hanterar jakten på varg och betonade att endast vargar som vållat skada kan tillåtas bli jagade.
Här är Potočniks uttalande:
Just to let you know my reaction to yesterday's news on wolf hunting in Sweden
- the decision adopted by the Swedish government is a step in the right direction
- I am reassured that the new measures only concern lethal control of problem-causing wolves; no licensed hunt will take place in 2012
- the Commission will continue to closely follow the application in practice in order to be sure that it is in compliance with EU law requirements
- the new measures will pave the way for a management plan for wolves to be adopted in 2012, and this is key for all parties concerned
And for clarity, this is what Article 16 of the Habitats Directive says (emphasis added)
1. Provided that there is no satisfactory alternative and the derogation is not detrimental to the maintenance of the populations of the species concerned at a favourable conservation status in their natural range, Member States may derogate from the provisions of Articles 12, 13, 14 and 15 (a) and (b):
(a) in the interest of protecting wild fauna and flora and conserving natural habitats;
(b) to prevent serious damage, in particular to crops, livestock, forests, fisheries and water and other types of property;
(c) in the interests of public health and public safety, or for other imperative reasons of overriding public interest, including those of a social or economic nature and beneficial consequences of primary importance for the environment;
(d) for the purpose of research and education, of repopulating and re-introducing these species and for the breedings operations necessary for these purposes, including the artificial propagation of plants;
(e) to allow, under strictly supervised conditions, on a selective basis and to a limited extent, the taking or keeping of certain specimens of the species listed in Annex IV in limited numbers specified by the competent national authorities