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Parliamentary questions
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27 October 2014
E-008415-14
Question for written answer E-008415-14
to the Commission
Rule 130
Iratxe García Pérez (S&D)

 Subject:  Spread of the Asian predatory wasp to Castilla y León (Spain)
 Answer in writing 

In its answer E-011920/2013 the Commission stated that it is aware of the spread of Vespa velutina in EU territory and admitted that there is no formal monitoring of the damage caused by this invasive species.

Meanwhile, this Asian wasp has continued its progress through the Iberian Peninsula and a number of specimens have been sighted in parts of Castilla y León, which has raised the alarm in the beekeeping and fruit and vegetable sectors. What is more, according to various sources, Vespa velutina may have also spread to other parts of France, Portugal, Belgium and the United Kingdom, although there is no official data to back this up.

1. Has the Commission now started collecting the data on the spread of the species and the damage caused in the EU that it acknowledged in its previous answer that it did not have?

2. Given that the new Regulation on invasive species and the corresponding list of species are still in the process of being adopted, can the Commission specify what measures it is planning to introduce to help the affected Member States combat the spread of Vespa velutina?

3. Has the Commission received any kind of request from the Castilla y León Regional Government or the Spanish Environment Ministry for a contribution to the fight against the species?

Original language of question: ES 
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