BirdLife “waiting confirmation” from the EC on trapping agreement
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BirdLife Malta has issued its initial reaction to today’s formal announcement by Parliamentary Secretary Clint Camilleri, of the upcoming trapping season which opens on Saturday for Golden Plover and Song Thrush, when he stated that the Government “has reached some sort of agreement with the European Commission.”
BirdLife Malta said that whilst it cannot confirm whether Malta really has reached any agreement with the EC in regard to the upcoming trapping season for Golden Plover and Song Thrush, “we have today written to the Commission and we are waiting for confirmation on this matter.”
According to BLM, “it is a known fact that the EU Commission never agrees deals on derogations with countries but only asks for justification after these are implemented.”
BirdLife Malta said that it is “satisfied that following the landmark European Court of Justice judgement delivered in June, there will be no finch trapping this year and that this issue has been done and dusted at this point.”
BirdLife said, “we do believe the European Commission might have been taken for a ride if the Maltese Government promised it can control the quotas and ensure they are not surpassed.”
It added that, “the quotas have been set at 700 Golden Plover (Pluviera) and 5,000 Song Thrush (Malvizz) between a total of 1,500 trappers who have registered for this year’s season,”
“This is already a concern for the EC and we expect it to remain a concern which could lead the infringement process against Malta to continue in regard to this derogation,” said the NGO.
BirdLife concluded that, “on the other hand we are pleased to note that after years of requesting the list of registered trapping locations, this has now been made public.”
“This data will be scrutinised to understand the implications of trapping on various habitats including also public and private land,” it said.
Photograph of Golden Plover by BirdLife Malta