When Malta joined the EU way back in 2004, it welcomed the Birds Directive by transposing it into local legislation. This must not be undone to promote a false notion of cultural heritage, argues Nicholas Barbara.
Malta opened its wild bird trapping season in October, disregarding its EU accession promise to outlaw the practice and a pending case at the European Court of Justice.
In the face of efforts by member states to destroy protected habitats and ignore EU nature laws, the EU must stand up for the rule of law and say enough is enough, writes Ariel Brunner.
A BBC wildlife presenter has been cleared of assault allegedly carried out as he filmed a documentary on illegal bird trapping in Malta. He called on the EU to do more to make the island adhere to the bloc’s bird legislation. EURACTIV’s partner The Guardian reports.