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Environment Committee vote fails to curb the spread of invasive species

Following the vote in the European Parliament’s Environment Committee on 28th January, the European Environment Bureau criticised a number of the MEPs amendments to the Commission proposal aimed at preventing and managing Invasive Alien Species (IAS) in Europe. However, with the adoption of the Parliament’s amendment, exceptions regarding the commercial cultivation or breeding of species of Union concern could be accepted, on condition that they have a high economic, social or environmental value. The amendment also allows for national derogations. The initial Commission proposal was intended to prevent, minimise and mitigate the adverse impact of invasive alien species on European ecosystems and biodiversity. Biodiversity loss across the European Union is estimated to cost at least €12 billion annually. The European Parliament will now be seeking to finalise the agreement with the Council of Ministers before the legislation can be finally adopted in March 2014. READ MORE

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