Official Journal of the European Union

C 271/12

Judgment of the Court (Second Chamber) of 11 June 2020 (request for a preliminary ruling from the Judecătoria Zărnești — Romania) — Asociaţia ‘Alianța pentru combaterea abuzurilor’ v TM, UN, Asociaţia DMPA

(Case C-88/19) (1)

(Reference for a preliminary ruling - Conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora - Directive 92/43/EEC - Article 12(1) - System of strict protection of animal species - Annex IV - Canis lupus (wolf) - Article 16(1) - Natural range - Capture and relocation of a wild animal of the species canis lupus - Public safety)

(2020/C 271/16)

Language of the case: Romanian

Referring court

Judecătoria Zărnești

Parties to the main proceedings

Applicant: Asociaţia ‘Alianța pentru combaterea abuzurilor’

Defendants: TM, UN, Asociaţia DMPA

Operative part of the judgment

Article 12(1)(a) of Council Directive 92/43/EEC of 21 May 1992 on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora, as amended by Directive 2013/17/EU of 13 May 2013, must be interpreted as meaning that the capture and relocation of a specimen of an animal species protected under Annex IV to that directive, such as the wolf, on the outskirts of a human settlement area or within such an area, can fall within the scope of the prohibition laid down in that provision.

Article 16(1) of that directive must be interpreted as meaning that any form of deliberate capture of specimens of that animal species in the aforementioned circumstances is prohibited in the absence of a derogation granted by the competent national authority on the basis of that provision.

(1)  OJ C 172, 20.5.2019.