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Parliamentary questions
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27 February 2019
Question for written answer E-001078-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Soledad Cabezón Ruiz (S&D)

 Subject:  Putting an economic value on the environment
 Answer in writing 

There is no debate today about the importance of the environment for human health, but the lack of attention paid to its economic value is posing an obstacle to the proper, fair and effective protection of the environment and the services it provides.

Because natural products and services are available free or virtually free, and because their value is often not recognised, there is no basis for putting a price on them. However, the benefits and the value to society of the environment and its services are very considerable, and in many cases these factors impose constraints on local economic development.

The failure to put an economic value on the environment makes it impossible for any EU mechanism to provide full compensation for damage to the natural world. The Member States’ environmental liability rules likewise fail to cover this type of damage.

1. Does the Commission agree that EC laws, programmes and initiatives undervalue the environment in economic terms?

2. Does it agree that a new approach is needed which puts an economic value on the environment, not least by taking account of the negative impact climate change is having on the natural world?

Original language of question: ES 
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