CONSULTATION: EU Invasive Alien Species Regulation Enforcement


CONSULTATION: EU Invasive Alien Species Regulation Enforcement

The EU Invasive Alien Species Regulation (The IAS Regulation) applies restrictions on invasive non-native species of most concern in Europe, including a ban on keeping and selling.

This consultation sets out proposals for enforcing those restrictions through the use of civil and criminal penalties. It will be of relevance for businesses that import or trade in non-native species and individuals that keep them, as well as those working in zoos and aquaria and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) with an interest in protecting the environment from these species.

The IAS Regulation entered into force on 1 January 2015, fulfilling Action 16 of Target 5 of the EU 2020 Biodiversity Strategy. It provides for a set of measures to be taken across the EU in relation to invasive alien species included on a list of Invasive Alien Species of Union concern. For more information about the species included on this list click here.

All comments should be submitted using the online survey with any additional contact via invasivealienspecies@defra.gsi.gov.uk by the deadline on Tuesday, 3 April 2018 & a copy of the Consultation documents and online survey are freely available here

ACTION POINTS

  1. Review whether your operations fall within the requirements of the Regulation (EU) 1143/2014 on invasive alien species (the IAS Regulation).
  2. If you are obligated under the above legislation then consider whether to provide comments to the consultation on the proposed enforcement process and provide any comments on or before Tuesday, 3 April 2018.
  3. Upon publication of the statutory instrument on the enforcement process (expected later in 2018), take appropriate actions to meet the requirements of the above.
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