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MEP Merja Kyllönen - Question for written answer to the European Commission regarding Finland's wolf hunting policy in Lapland

MEP Merja Kyllönen - Question for written answer to the European Commission regarding Finland's wolf hunting policy in Lapland

MEP Merja Kyllönen

Last March 19th 2018 MEP Merja Kyllönen (GUE/NGL) sent a parliamentary question for written answer to the European Commission regarding the unsustainable wolf situation in Lapland. The EC has six weeks to answer.


"What measures can the Commission take in order to bring influence to bear on Finland and the Scandinavian countries to move the reindeer‐herding border further north in the future?".

Check the full question No.E-001653/2018 here.


Answer given by Mr Vella on behalf of the Commission

The wolf populations in the reindeer management area in Finland fall under the scope of Annex V of the Habitats Directive [1] , which lists species that can be taken in the wild and exploited but only in ways that are compatible with their being maintained at a favourable conservation status. They are therefore exempt from the strict protection provisions of the Directive. However, the competent authorities still have an obligation in this area to take action to maintain or to achieve favourable conservation status for the Wolf and to manage it in accordance with the Article 14 of the Directive. As the Commission pointed out in its answer to written question E-006576/2012, this requires taking "the necessary measures to ensure that any exploitation of the species is compatible with it being maintained at a favourable conservation status".
The Commission is fully aware of the complexity of managing large carnivore populations.
A guidance document on population-level management of large carnivores [2] is available. The Commission has also been promoting and supporting for several years stakeholders' platforms on coexistence between people and large carnivores [3] in order to foster a constructive dialogue among the different stakeholders involved with and concerned by large carnivoresand to disseminate of best practice [4] . Representatives of reindeer herders have been taking part in this dialogue. However, it is for individual Member States to design and implement the operational solutions to managing conflict situations. Some of these can receive financial support from EU funding instruments such as the Rural Development Programmes (RDPs) [5] and LIFE [6] , subject to the rules governing these instruments and the chosen strategy in the relevant RDP.