Procedure : 2017/2819(RSP)
Document stages in plenary
Document selected : O-000067/2017

Texts tabled :

O-000067/2017 (B8-0608/2017)

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PV 14/11/2017 - 17
CRE 14/11/2017 - 17

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Parliamentary questions
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1 September 2017
Question for oral answer O-000067/2017
to the Commission
Rule 128
Herbert Dorfmann, Karin Kadenbach, Mark Demesmaeker, Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy, Lynn Boylan, Benedek Jávor, Mireille D'Ornano, on behalf of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety

 Subject: Action Plan for nature, people and the economy
 Answer in plenary 

In December 2016, the ‘Fitness Check’ evaluation of the Nature Directives found that the Nature Directives were fit for purpose, but that achieving their objectives depends upon substantially improving their implementation. The Action Plan for nature, people and the economy aims to rapidly improve practical implementation of the Nature Directives, and is therefore an important step forward, but it is considered insufficient to meet the 2020 biodiversity goals.

1. Why did the Commission make no reference to the 2020 Biodiversity Strategy other than to state that the Action Plan aims to ‘accelerate progress toward the EU 2020 goal of halting and reversing the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services’? How will the Commission respond to the wider calls made by Parliament to achieve the 2020 targets? Which strategy does the Commission consider necessary from 2020 onwards?

2. When is the Commission planning on coming forward with a proposal for the development of a Trans-European Network for Green Infrastructure (TEN-G), an EU initiative on pollinators, and a legislative proposal to implement the Aarhus Convention’s Access to Justice pillar? What action is the Commission taking to address the illegal killing of birds, including migratory species in the Mediterranean and birds of prey in some Member States?

3. How does the Commission plan to mainstream Natura 2000 and wider biodiversity measures with the CAP, cohesion policy, CFP, integrated maritime policy and research and innovation policy? How does the Commission plan to evaluate the impact of the CAP on biodiversity and address the coherence between these two policy areas? What action is the Commission taking to tackle issues arising from the coexistence between people and certain protected species such as large carnivores in certain agricultural areas?

4. In view of the next MFF, what measures does the Commission intend to take in order to increase the financial resources required to adequately fund nature conservation and biodiversity? Is the Commission planning on introducing a tracking mechanism for Natura 2000 spending in order to improve the transparency, accountability and effectiveness of EU funds, as recommended by the European Court of Auditors?

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