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[News] The wolf, an asset or a danger? The Commission consults

The European Commission launched a consultation on the presence of wolves at the beginning of September. a new phase of its work aimed at meeting the challenges linked to the return of wolves.

It was President von der Leyen who, herself, called for a “technical” consultation, launched the debate. “ The concentration of wolf packs in certain regions of Europe has become a real danger for livestock and, potentially, for humans »

The Commission therefore invites local communities, scientists and all interested parties to provide updated data on wolf populations and their impacts. Deadline: September 22, 2023.

To see this as a radical change of position would be wrong. For the moment, there is no question of it. The Commission indeed invites “ local and national authorities to take the necessary measures. Indeed, current European legislation already allows them to do so. ". And rather than an overly radical position, it envisages an evolution with greater flexibility.

On the basis of the data collected, the Commission "will decide on a proposal "aimed at modifying, where appropriate," the protection status of the wolf within the EU and "updating the legal framework, in order to introduce, where necessary, more flexibility, in light of the evolution of this species.”

EU legislation already offers possibilities to take measures where necessary, accompanied by European funding, as already indicated by Commissioners Sinkevičius (Environment) and Wojciechowski (Agriculture) in a joint letter sent to EU agriculture and environment ministers in November 2021.

The Commission's review of scientific data on wolves in the EU is an integral part of the in-depth analysis that the Commission is carrying out in response to the European Parliament resolution of 24 November 2022.

(Nicolas Gros-Verheyde)

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Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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