Commission gives Malta ‘the bird’

EU executive sends reasoned opinion over bird trapping


The European Commission has insisted that there is no justification to continue to allow bird trapping in Malta and has threatened to take the country back before the European Court of Justice.

The Commission sent a reasoned opinion on 27 February to ask Malta to correctly implement the relevant bird protection legislation.

In Europe, wild birds are protected under the Birds Directive (79/409/EC) and trapping with large-scale or non-selective methods of capture such as nets is general...


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