Slovenian National Assembly

Proposal for a REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL on the prevention and management of the introduction and spread of invasive alien species

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Subsidiarity deadline: 05/11/2013
Scrutiny Information

Scrutiny date: 29/11/2013

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Passed on to the Committee on Agriculture, Forestry, Food and the Environment. The document has been discussed at its 33rd extraordinary meeting of 28 November 2013.

And at it's 84th meeting of 29 November 2013 the Committee on EU Affairs of the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia adopted the following Position:

The Republic of Slovenia supports in principle the Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the prevention and management of the introduction and spread of invasive alien species. We believe that the proposed regulation represents a good start for regulating the handling of invasive alien species in the Union's territory. It is in Slovenia's interest to adopt this regulation as soon as possible in order to reduce damage costs and impact on biodiversity due to invasive alien species.

The Republic of Slovenia, aiming to achieve the objectives of the regulation and an effective implementation thereof, proposes the following amendments or modifications to the proposed regulation.
The proposed actions should principally be intended for preserving biodiversity and ecosystem services in line with the central objective of the proposed regulation, i.e. to protect biodiversity and ecosystem services, so as to adapt the criteria and elements for including the species in the list of invasive alien species. The criteria should primarily take into account the impact on biodiversity and ecosystem services, while economic damage should serve as an additional criterion.  

The Republic of Slovenia considers more appropriate that the criteria for including the species in the list are adopted with an implementing rather than with a delegated act.

As regards the envisaged limited number of alien species affecting the Union, the Republic of Slovenia is of the opinion that the Member States concerned should be provided assistance in carrying out the risk assessment. Furthermore, it is necessary to ensure that the manner of cooperation of the Member States in the preparation of the risk assessment is already specified in the regulation, so as to avoid duplication of work and costs.

The Republic of Slovenia supports in principle the drafting of national action plans for managing introduction and spread of invasive alien species, however, it is necessary to more precisely define what these plans should include. The possible regulative measures should be specifically defined in the regulation itself and not as part of the action plan. We also agree with the proposed deadlines for the drafting of action plans.

The Republic of Slovenia supports the establishment of the information support mechanism. In terms of enabling a uniform implementation of the regulation and facilitating the work of individual Member States, we wish that the Commission establishes this mechanism as soon as possible. The information system should allow the combination of data from the existing records and a uniform format of classifying information from individual Member States, which is important in the context of preventing the duplication of work and reporting. The information system should also include the relevant data from the existing records, to which Member States are already supplying information in accordance with their obligations under other environmental regulations of the European Union.

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