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Parliamentary questions
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11 June 2019
E-001672/2019(ASW)
Answer given by Mr Vella on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-001672/2019

According to a draft risk assessment made in the framework of Regulation (EU) No 1143/2014(1), silver-cheeked toadfish has established along the coasts of Cyprus, Greece, Italy and Croatia (with casual observations in Malta, France and Spain)(2). The Commission is aware that common lionfish is spreading in the eastern and central Mediterranean and is currently preparing a risk assessment. It is also financing the project RELIONMED-LIFE(3) for the prevention of lionfish invasion in the Mediterranean.

At international level, the EU has supported the adoption in the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) of an adaptation strategy to cope with potential effects of invasive species on fisheries(4). In this regard, an EU-financed joint GFCM-UN Environment/MAP monitoring plan on non-indigenous species was launched to improve scientific knowledge and strengthen cooperation in the Eastern Mediterranean region(5).

As the Commission noted in its written reply to Written Question E-000877/2019, with respect to compensation measures, the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund provides funding opportunities to support measures to prevent further invasion, help stakeholders plan mitigating actions and restore populations of the native species. These measures can be implemented through the Operational Programme of each Member State.

(1)Regulation (EU) No 1143/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 October 2014 on the prevention and management of the introduction and spread of invasive alien species (OJ L 317, 4.11.2014, p. 35).
(2)https://circabc.europa.eu/w/browse/d6f06d24-d9d6-4521-92b5-e03ee6a32329
(3)http://ec.europa.eu/environment/life/project/Projects/index.cfm?fuseaction=search.dspPage&n_proj_id=6358
(4)http://www.fao.org/gfcm/activities/fisheries/mid-term-strategy/en/
(5)http://www.rac-spa.org/nfp13/documents/02_information_documents/wg_431_inf_18.pdf

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