Directive 1979/409 - Conservation of wild birds

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Current status

This directive was in effect from April  6, 1979 until February 14, 2010 and should have been implemented in national regulation on April  7, 1981 at the latest.

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Key information

official title

Council Directive 79/409/EEC of 2 April 1979 on the conservation of wild birds
 
Legal instrument Directive
Number legal act Directive 1979/409
Original proposal COM(1976)676 EN
CELEX number i 31979L0409

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Key dates

Document 02-04-1979
Publication in Official Journal 25-04-1979; Special edition in Czech: Chapter 15 Volume 001,Special edition in Hungarian: Chapter 15 Volume 001,Special edition in Portuguese: Chapter 15 Volume 002,Special edition in Polish: Chapter 15 Volume 001,Special edition in Swedish: Chapter 15 Volume 002,OJ L 103, 25.4.1979,Special edition in Lithuanian: Chapter 15 Volume 001,Special edition in Latvian: Chapter 15 Volume 001,Special edition in Slovak: Chapter 15 Volume 001,Special edition in Maltese: Chapter 15 Volume 001,Special edition in Estonian: Chapter 15 Volume 001,Special edition in Finnish: Chapter 15 Volume 002,Special edition in Romanian: Chapter 15 Volume 001,Special edition in Slovenian: Chapter 15 Volume 001,Special edition in Greek: Chapter 15 Volume 001,Special edition in Bulgarian: Chapter 15 Volume 001,Special edition in Spanish: Chapter 15 Volume 002
Effect 06-04-1979; Entry into force Date notif.
End of validity 14-02-2010; Repealed by 32009L0147
Transposition 07-04-1981; See Art 18
Notification 06-04-1979

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31979L0409

Council Directive 79/409/EEC of 2 April 1979 on the conservation of wild birds

Official Journal L 103 , 25/04/1979 P. 0001 - 0018

Greek special edition: Chapter 15 Volume 1 P. 0202

Spanish special edition: Chapter 15 Volume 2 P. 0125

Portuguese special edition Chapter 15 Volume 2 P. 0125

Finnish special edition: Chapter 15 Volume 2 P. 0161

Swedish special edition: Chapter 15 Volume 2 P. 0161

Special edition in Czech Chapter 15 Volume 01 P. 98 - 117

Special edition in Estonian Chapter 15 Volume 01 P. 98 - 117

Special edition in Hungarian Chapter 15 Volume 01 P. 98 - 117

Special edition in Lithuanian Chapter 15 Volume 01 P. 98 - 117

Special edition in Latvian Chapter 15 Volume 01 P. 98 - 117

Special edition in Maltese Chapter 15 Volume 01 P. 98 - 117

Special edition in Polish Chapter 15 Volume 01 P. 98 - 117

Special edition in Slovakian Chapter 15 Volume 01 P. 98 - 117

Special edition in Slovenian Chapter 15 Volume 01 P. 98 - 117

Council Directive

of 2 April 1979

on the conservation of wild birds

(79/409/EEC)

THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES,

Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Economic Community, and in particular Article 235 thereof,

Having regard to the proposal from the Commission [1],

Having regard to the opinion of the European Parliament [2],

Having regard to the opinion of the Economic and Social Committee [3],

Whereas the Council declaration of 22 November 1973 on the programme of action of the European Communities on the environment [4] calls for specific action to protect birds, supplemented by the resolution of the Council of the European Communities and of the representatives of the Governments of the Member States meeting within the Council of 17 May 1977 on the continuation and implementation of a European Community policy and action programme on the environment [5];

Whereas a large number of species of wild birds naturally occurring in the European territory of the Member States are declining in number, very rapidly in some cases; whereas this decline represents a serious threat to the conservation of the natural environment, particularly because of the biological balances threatened thereby;

Whereas the species of wild birds naturally occurring in the European territory of the Member States are mainly migratory species; whereas such species constitute a common heritage and whereas effective bird protection is typically a trans-frontier environment problem entailing common responsibilities;

Whereas the conditions of life for birds in Greenland are fundamentally different from those in the other regions of the European territory of the Member States on account of the general circumstances and in particular the climate, the low density of population and the exceptional size and geographical situation of the island;

Whereas therefore this Directive should not apply to Greenland;

Whereas the conservation of the species of wild birds naturally occurring in the European territory of the Member States is necessary to attain, within the operation of the common market, of the Community's objectives regarding the improvement of living conditions, a harmonious development of economic activities throughout the Community and a continuous and balanced expansion, but the necessary specific powers to act have not been provided for in the Treaty;

Whereas the measures to be taken must apply to the various factors which may affect the numbers of birds, namely the repercussions of man's activities and in particular the destruction and pollution of their habitats, capture and killing by man and the trade resulting from such practices; whereas the stringency of such measures should be adapted to the particular situation of the various species within the framework of a conservation policy;

Whereas conservation is aimed at the long-term protection and management of natural resources as an integral part of the heritage of...


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