Question for written answer E-007568/2015
to the Commission
Jonathan Arnott (EFDD)
Subject: Endangered species and Chinese medicine
Many endangered species are poached for use in traditional Chinese medicine. Does the Commission intend to raise the issue of traditional medicine and its negative impact on wildlife conservation in any dialogue with the Chinese authorities?
Answer given by Vice-President Mogherini
on behalf of the Commission
The EU and China are both part of the Convention on International Trade in Endengered Species (CITES), aimed at ensuring the sustainability of the international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants. In the context of CITES, a number of recommendations has been agreed, with the goal of curbing the illegal trade in plants and animals used, inter alia, in traditional Chinese medicine, such as tigers or bears, to name two species. The EU and China are working together to further improve the effectiveness of CITES in this regard. In addition, the Commission has a specific dialogue on wildlife trade issues with the State Forestry Administration-the body responsible for CITES in China- which is based on a cooperation arrangement signed in 2013.
Furthermore, in 2014, the Commission has adopted a Communication on the EU approach to wildlife trafficking, and it is currently working on an EU Action Plan against wildlife trafficking,which includes measures aimed both at tackling the problem within the EU and at enhancing action at the global level.
The EU has raised the issue of wildlife conservation in its regular dialogue on environment, and in its dialogue with China on Africa; while also making use of other diplomatic channels, like the UN framework, in order to engage China- a key player- in the global effort to stop wildlife trafficking and increase the protection of wild species.