EU sues Malta for incorrectly applying birds directive over finch trapping

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BRUSSELS, Nov 12 (Reuters) – The European Commission said on Friday it was referring Malta to the Court of Justice of the European Union for incorrectly applying a derogation regime and authorising the trapping of protected finches for researpurposes.

“The Birds Directive requires a general system of protection for wild birds and allows derogations on hunting and trapping only subject to strict conditions”, the Commission said in a statement.

“The issue of finch trapping was already subject to infringement proceedings in the past, leading to a ruling of the Court of Justice in 2018 declaring a similar trapping derogation unlawful.”

(Reporting by Marine Strauss and Benoit Van Overstraeten; Editing by John Chalmers)

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