Sweden cries wolf – and faces European court

2011-01-17 |

The European Commission is preparing an infringement procedure against Sweden, after it allowed a cull of 20 wolves by 6,747 hunters on Saturday (15 January), in defiance of a request by Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik.

Joe Hennon, a spokesman for Potočnik, told EurActiv that the commissioner believed that the cull represented a violation of the EU Habitats Directive and that an infringement hearing could be held as early as 27 January.

"We sent a letter to the Swedish environment minister in December making it clear that we would have no choice but to begin infringement proceedings against Sweden if they went ahead with the hunt," he said.

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