Europe has been a global leader in environmental ambition. Members of the European Parliament –MEPs– play a crucial role in protected nature, by scrutinizing the implementation of nature legislation and ensure that the EU’s policy framework is coherent with the Sustainable Development Goals. But the EU risks losing this leadership role by sacrificing long-term environmental sustainability for unsustainable short-term economic gain. MEPs are uniquely placed to lay out a European vision for a green, low carbon economy that safeguards and restores its natural heritage and a fair and sustainable food and land use policy. This will provide society with the services we depend upon and the protection we need in times of climate change.
Report on the mid-term review of the EU’s Biodiversity Strategy
The vote on this own initiative report on the mid-term review of EU’s biodiversity, drafted by rapporteur Mr. Demesmaeker, strategy took place on 2 February 2016.
Objection to a delegated act: greening payment
376 votes required to pass.
The plenary rejected the resolution that would have objected the ban of pesticides on Ecological Focus Areas which had been proposed by the Commission.
Protect and restore our ecosystems
x3 x2 x1
Productive and healthy seas
x2 x1 x3
Healthy food and healthy rural environment
Preventing dangerous climate change
x1 x4 x1
Outlook: Most urgent points missing until 2019
BirdLife Europe sees the need for additional actions of the Parliament especially in the field of marine biodiversity protection. In most of the Member States no progress has been made with the completion of the Natura 2000 network. The same holds for the implementation of Action Plans to protect seabirds. BirdLife Europe therefore reiterates the calls on the MEPs already addressed in 2014.