Delegation heads to Brussels for invasive species talks

A British delegation comprising representatives from BALI, Defra and the Environment Agency will travel to Brussels this month for a European Commission meeting on invasive species.

They are due to discuss proposed EU regulation with MEPs and the European Environment Commission that aims to standardise and unify member states' approach to the problem.

Neil Huck, who is BALI technical director and Ground Control national group training manager, is among those attending and has given feedback on the proposed legislation, which outlines a list of 50 banned species - both animal and plant - and requires member states to put in place a three-step structure for dealing with them.

"Regulation would mean that the member states would have no leeway in their responsibilities, as they have now," said Huck. "I think it's a good thing but the industry has to be involved.

"Having the EU has exacerbated things. It is a problem that will occur because of movement across Europe. We all agree that biosecurity is an absolute must."

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