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Notice for the OJ

 

Reference for a preliminary ruling by the Cour d'arbitrage by judgment of that Court of 29 October 2003 in the case brought by H. Clerens against Walloon Region

    (Case C-480/03)

Reference has been made to the Court of Justice of the European Communities by judgment of the Cour d'arbitrage of 29 October 2003, received at the Court Registry on 18 November 2003, for a preliminary ruling in the case brought by H. Clerens against Walloon Region on the following questions:

1.Must Council Directive 79/409/EEC of 2 April on the conservation of wild birds1 be interpreted as not authorising Member States to introduce rules which also apply to birds mentioned in Annex I to the Directive that are born and reared in captivity?

2.Must that directive be interpreted as authorising Member States to lay down rules to protect birds born and reared in captivity only to the extent that those rules apply solely to trade in those birds, or may those rules apply to all the operations which trade in birds may entail?

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1 - OJ L 103 of 25.04.1979, p. 1.