Doc. 8567

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