500. Application of the Convention.

International trade in endangered plant species, in so far as it is conducted within, and with, the European Community, is now regulated by a European Regulation1 giving effect in the Community to the CITES Convention2. This legislation is directly applicable in member states3, and is enforced in the United Kingdom by regulations4. Domestic legislation controlling the importation, exportation and sale of endangered plant species also exists5; however, the wide application of the CITES Convention has rendered that legislation of decreasing significance.

Whereas member states may have additional, and stricter, controls over the trade in plants covered by this legislation6, it

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