Allow breeding of invasive species say MEPs

Proposed derogations would make the planned EU invasive species regulation useless according to green groups

New EU rules on invasive alien species should exempt commercial rearing of some plants and animals, the European Parliament’s environment committee decided in a vote on 30 January.

A draft amendment agreed by the committee says member states can set up permit systems allowing some species of EU concern to be reared commercially provided they have a high social, environmental or economic value.

Committee members also backed lead MEP Pavel Poc’s call to include species native to some member states in the regulation and allow national derogations where a species is not causing any damage or the costs of dealing with it are not excessively or disproportionately high.

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