In this briefing ClientEarth provides guidance on the main legal issues concerning EU Member States ahead of the forthcoming meeting of the International Whaling Commission: compliance with EU law, requirements for unanimity and abstention and issues of competence and voting.
In particular they must consider:
1. Will there be a continued moratorium on commercial whaling?
2. Are the scientific and conservation requirements set in Common Position met?
3. Is the prohibition of all intentional killing of whales in the Habitats Directive breached (without valid derogation)?
This guide accompanies the detailed legal briefing The IWC Proposed Consensus Decision and EU law duties regarding whales.
|Published||April 26, 2010|