EU invasive species Bill put forward for a vote in two weeks

The proposed EU Bill on control on invasive species will be put before a plenary vote at the European Parliament on April 15.

Neil Huck
Neil Huck

The Permanent Representatives Committee in the EU Council and the Environment Committee of the European Parliament have now given the green light for the Bill to go forward to a vote.

The European Landscape Contractors Association (ELCA) of which BALI is the UK representative trade body has claimed that it was its input which avoided an impending stalemate during the trialogue negotiations which have been taking place over the past few months, enabling the vote to go ahead.

ELCA vice president and BALI technical director Neil Huck, who has been in Brussels putting the case for landscape professionals, said: "With this agreement the two committees have followed ELCA’s proposals regarding the control of alien species, which we presented at the hearing in the European Parliament in December of last year.

"For example, the agreement requires that, in future, EU member states must research the spreading of invasive species and actively cooperate to develop common measures to control them.

"Additionally, the Bill will require all invasive species with EU-wide influence on people and nature to be included in a list. This will now pave the way for a decision in the European Parliament to control alien invasive species."

After the plenary vote, formal approval by the European Council is required for the Bill to become law.

Not everyone has welcomed the Bill, with the RHS and the HTA both expressing concern about the detail of the potential law.

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