During the most recent fishing season (2017-18), European law enforcement was able to seize 3 394 kg of smuggled glass eels with an estimated value of EUR 6.5 million.
EFSA has examined the scientific basis for emergency authorisations of neonicotinoid pesticides which were granted in seven EU Member States in 2017.
That regime does not comply with the strict conditions laid down by the Directive on the conservation of wild birds.
Action is needed to tackle the smuggling that is threatening the survival of eels, Europe’s mostcommon freshwater fish, experts said at a special event at the European Parliament in Brussels on June 20.
Marie-Anne Coninsx, the European Union’s Ambassador at Large for the Arctic, is visiting Japan on 18-20 June, 2018.