New EU action against invasive species

Monday, 9 September 2013

The European Commission today proposed a new Regulation to prevent and manage the rapidly growing threat from invasive species.

The proposal centers around a list of invasive alien species of Union concern, which will be drawn up with the Member States using risk assessments and scientific evidence. Selected species will be banned from the EU, meaning it will not be possible to import, buy, use, release or sell them. Special measures will be taken to deal with issues arising for traders, breeders or pet owners in the transitional period.

The proposed Regulation will now be examined by the Council and the Parliament. Member States will be fully involved in compiling the list and can propose candidates for listing. EASIN will be the information support mechanism of the new Regulation.

See the full press release here.