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1970: Benelux Convention Concerning Hunting And The Protection Of Birds

Related Lineage is: Benelux Birds
  Provision  First Coders Codes  Second Coders Codes 
Titl.1  BENELUX CONVENTION CONCERNING HUNTING AND THE PROTECTION OF BIRDS  TITL  TITL 
Src.1  Source: Unofficial text  SRC  SRC 
Pre.1  The Government of the Kingdom of Belgium, the Government of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.  DESC GOAL  DESC GOAL 
Pre.2  Having regard to article 6 of the Treaty instituting the Benelux Economic Union, signed at The Hague on 3 February 1958,  RELA  RELA 
Pre.3  Having regard to the International Convention for the protection of birds, signed at Paris on 18 October 1950, to which the three Benelux countries are parties;  RELA  RELA 
Pre.4  Being desirous of harmonizing the principles governing their laws and regulations on the subject of hunting and the protection of birds in the wild state, which were established in the interests of land-holders, agriculture and the efficient protection of nature;     
Pre.5  Considering that such harmonization will make for greater uniformity in the laws relating to the transport of game and birds in the wild state and thereby facilitate the elimination of formalities and inspection measures at the frontiers between the benelux countries;     
Pre.6  Having regard to the advice of the Benelux Consultative Interparliamentary Council of 25 April 1970; Have agreed on the following provisions:  RELA  RELA 
Sect.1  Part I     
Art.1  Article 1  SUBS DEFN  SUBS DEFN 
Art.1.1  1. Each of the three Governments undertakes to classify game in its national laws according to the following categories: large game, small game, wild fowl and other game.     
Art.1.2  2. For the purposes of this Convention, these terms shall have the following meaning:     
Art.1.2.a  a) large game: European red deer (Cervus elaphus), roe deer (roebuck) (Capreolus capreolus), fallow deer (Dama dama) Sardinian and Corsican mouflon (Ovis musimon) European wild boar (Sus scrofa);     
Art.1.2.b  b) small game: common hare (Lepus europaeus), pheasant (Phasianus colchicus), black grouse (Lyryrys tetrix), Hungarian (European) partridge (Perdix perdix), European woodcock (Scolopax rusticola);     
Art.1.2.c  c) wild fowl, all species of goose and duck (Anatidae), Eurasian golden plover (Pluvialis) appricarius), common snipe (Gallinago gallinago) great snipe (Gallinago media), jacksnipe (Lymnocryptes minimus), European coot (Fulica atra);     
Art.1.2.d  d) other game: wood-pigeon (Colomba palumbus), carrion- crow and hooded crow (Corvus corone corone and Corvus corone cornix), rook (Corvus frugilegus), jackdaw (Corvus monedula), common jay (Garrulus glandarius), black-billed magpie (Pica pica), European rabbit (Orvctolagus cuniculus), common red fox (Vulpes vulpes), European wildcat (Felis catus), polecat (Putorius putorius), stoat (Mustela erminea) common weasel (Mustela nivalis), pine marten and beech (stone) marten (Martes martes and Martes fiona), Eurasian badger (Meles meles), Eurasian otter (Lutra lutra) and seal (Phoca vitulina and Halichoerus grypus).     
Art.1.3  3. The Committee of Ministers, established under article 15 of the Treaty instituting the Benelux Economic Union, may change or supplement any of the Categories specified in paragraph 2 by decisions taken in conformity with article 19 (a) of the Treaty for the Union.  RELA  RELA 
Art.1.4  4. Pending harmonization of the categories of game, each of the Contracting Parties may add other species of animal to the aforementioned categories.     
Art.2  Article 2  CONS  CONS 
Art.2.1x  The three Governments shall consult each other concerning the dates for the opening and closing of the hunting season.     
Art.3  Article 3  SUBS  SCOP 
Art.3.1x  Land used for shooting must have minimum dimensions. The dimensions shall conform to the hunting requirements of each country, it being understood that:     
Art.3.1x.a  a) The minimum area of a single unit may not be less than 25 hectares in the Netherlands, and north and west of the Sambre-Meuse line in Belgium, and may not be less than 50 hectares south of that line in Belgium and also in Luxembourg;     
Art.3.1x.b  b) Wild fowl may be hunted over a smaller area provided that, at the time when hunting takes place each single unit of land includes a stretch of water of at least one hectare.     
Art.3.2x  None of the three countries may, however prescribe minimum areas smaller than those specified in the legal provisions or national regulations at present in force.     
Art.4  Article 4  CONS  CONS 
Art.4.1x  The three Governments shall consult each other concerning the arms, ammunition, projectiles, tackle, apparatus, procedures and methods permitted for hunting.     
Art.5  Article 5  SUBS  SUBS 
Art.5.1  l. Subject to national health provisions, the transport and marketing of live or dead game shall be authorized from the day of commencement of the hunting season for that particular game until the tenth day after the close of the season.     
Art.5.2  2. From the eleventh day after the close of the season until commencement of the following season, the transport and marketing of live or dead game shall be authorized only in conformity with the regulations of the Government in whose territory the transport or marketing takes place.     
Art.6  Article 6  SUBS  SUBS 
Art.6.1x  In the case of traffic with third countries, the import, export and transit of live or dead game shall be governed by the regulations in force in the partner countries in which such operations take place.     
Sect.2  Part II     
Art.7  Article 7  SUBS  SUBS IMPL 
Art.7.1x  The three Governments undertake to protect the species of birds living in the wild state in the Benelux countries, other than the species considered to be game under article l; to this end and without prejudice to the provisions of article 8, the Committee of Ministers shall determine, by decisions taken in conformity with article 19 (a) of the Treaty of the Union, the protective measures, and the species of birds to which such measures apply.  RELA  RELA 
Art.8  Article 8  IMPL  IMPL 
Art.8.1  1. Each of the three Governments undertake to adjust its national laws to ensure that it is prohibited, at all times and in all places, to hold for sale, to sell, to purchase or to supply birds belonging to the species determined in accordance with article 7, as well as their eggs, including blown eggs and their young; this prohibition shall also apply to any mounted bird of these species unless prior dispensation has been granted by the competent national authorities.     
Art.8.2  2. The transport of the birds referred to in paragraph 1, and of their eggs and young, shall be authorized only in conformity with the regulations in force in the country in whose territory the transport takes place.     
Art.9  Article 9  SUBS  SUBS 
Art.9.1x  In the case of traffic with third countries, the import, export and transit of all live or dead birds, and of their eggs and young, shall be permitted only with prior authorization from the partner countries in which such operations take place.     
Sect.3  Part III     
Art.10  Article 10  IMPL  IMPL 
Art.10.1x  Inspection in pursuance of articles 5, 6, 8 and 9 shall be carried out within each of the countries and at the external frontiers of Benelux, but not in connexion with the crossing of frontiers between the Benelux countries.     
Art.11  Article 11    IMPL 
Art.11.1x  The Committee of Ministers shall determine by decisions taken in conformity with article 19 (a) of the Treaty for the Union, the measures which notwithstanding the provisions of article 5, paragraph 2, article 6, article 8, paragraph 2, and article 9, need to be taken in one or more countries to avoid any detriment to the interests of partner countries.  RELA  RELA 
Art.12  Article 12     
Art.12.1x  Each of the three countries retains the right to maintain or to introduce legislative provisions for the regulation of matters not covered by this Convention, provided that such provisions are not incompatible with the Convention.  SOVR  SOVR 
Art.13  Article 13  SUBS  SUBS 
Art.13.1  1. Each of the three Governments retains the right, subject to the prior approval of the Committee of Ministers, recorded in a decision taken in conformity with article 19 (a) of the Treaty for the Union, to authorize departures from the provisions of this Convention in the interest of science or nature conservation or for the purpose of preventing damage.  RELA SOVR SCIR  RELA SCIR 
Art.13.2  2. In cases of emergency, however, each of the Governments may adopt and apply measures which depart from the provisions of this Convention, over a maximum period of three months, pending decision by the Committee of Ministers. The other Governments shall be informed of such provisional application through the Secretary-General of the Benelux Economic Union.  RELA  INFO RELA 
Art.14  Article 14     
Art.14.1x  In pursuance of article l, paragraph 2, of the Treaty relating to the institution and statute of a Benelux Court of Justice, the provisions of this Convention shall be designated as common legal rules for the application of chapters III and IV of the aforesaid Treaty.  RELA  RELA SOVR 
Art.15  Article 15  SCOP  SCOP 
Art.15.1x  In the case of the Kingdom of the Netherlands this Convention shall apply only to territory in Europe.     
Art.16  Article 16  MEMB DEPO EIF  MEMB DEPO EIF 
Art.16.1  1. This Convention shall be subject to ratification. The instruments of ratification shall be deposited with the Secretary-General of the Benelux Economic Union, who shall inform the Contracting Parties of the deposit of such instruments.  RELA  RELA 
Art.16.2  2. It shall enter into force on the first day of the second month following the date of deposit of the third instrument of ratification.     
Art.16.3  3. It shall remain in force for the same period as the Treaty instituting the Benelux Economic Union.  RELA  RELA 
Conc.1  In Witness Whereof the undersigned, duly authorized for the purpose, have signed this Convention.  CONC TEXT  CONC TEXT 
Conc.2  Done at Brussels on l0 June 1970, in triplicate, in the Dutch and French languages, both texts being equally authentic.     
Conc.3  Declarations     
Conc.4.1  1. The Royal Ministry of Justice and Police is designated as the Central Authority with reference to article 2 and as the Competent Authority with reference to articles 15, 16 andl7.     
Conc.5.1  II. With reference to article 4, paragraphs 3, the Kingdom of Norway declares that letters in the Danish or Swedish languages can be sent to the Central Authority.     
Conc.6.1  III. By accepting Letters of Request in another language than the Norwegian, the Kingdom of Norway does not undertake to execute the request or transmit the evidence thus obtained in this other language, nor to have translated the documents which establish the execution of the letter of request.     
Conc.7.1  IV. By virtue of article 15, evidence can be taken by diplomatic officers or consular agents only if, upon application, prior permission to that effect has been granted.     
Conc.8.1  V. By virtue of article 23, the Kingdom of Norway declares that it will not execute Letters of Request issued for the purpose of obtaining pretrial discovery of documents as known in Common Law countries.     
Please cite as:
Data from Ronald B. Mitchell. 2002-2017. International Environmental Agreements Database Project (Version 2014.3).
Available at: http://iea-archive.uoregon.edu/
Date accessed: 23 April 2017