5 October 1999
Need to harmonise hunting so as to preserve Europe’s environmental balance
Motion for a recommendation
presented by Mr Niculescu and others
This motion has not been discussed in the Assembly and only expresses the views of the members who have signed it
1. Several countries of central and eastern Europe have, in recent years, embarked on liberalisation of their legislation and regulations relating to shooting, so as to promote commercial shooting and to attract foreigners to participate.
2. The Assembly is aware of the fact that the promotion of commercial shooting can be an important source of income and can help to develop infrastructure in these countries.
3. It is also aware that properly controlled shooting makes a contribution which is not negligible to the maintenance of biological balance, at the same time fitting in with the interests of a large part of society.
4. The Assembly is nevertheless concerned about the damaging effect on wildlife which an over-liberalisation of shooting may have. It is particularly fearful that the proliferation of commercial shooting may jeopardise the biological balance.
5. It therefore recommends that the Committee of Ministers take initiatives both to harmonise member states' legislation relating to shooting, taking care to protect biological diversity and untamed nature, the shared natural heritage of Europeans, and to make economic and commercial interests subordinate to the need to ensure sustainable development.
Signed (see overleaf)
Signed : 1
Niculescu, Romania, SOC
Dumitrescu, Romania, SOC
Frunda, Romania, EPP/CD
Gjellerod, Denmark, SOC
Gross, Switzerland, SOC
König, Austria, EPP/CD
Van der Linden, Netherlands, EPP/CD
Michel, France, SOC
Steolea, Romania, EDG
Surjan, Hungary, EPP/CD
Szinyei, Hungary, EPP/CD
Taylor J.D., United Kingdom, EPP/CD
1 SOC: Socialist Group
EPP/CD: Group of the European People’s Party
EDG:European Democratic Group
LDR : Liberal, Democratic and Reformers’ Group
UEL : Group of the Unified European Left
NR : Not registered in a group