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Parliamentary questions
17 December 2014
Answer given by Mr Vella on behalf of the Commission

1. The Commission has no data on the appearance of teosinte.2. A regulation(1) concerning invasive alien species (IAS) has been recently adopted and will enter into force on 1 January 2015. This regulation prioritises action on IAS of Union concern, including (1) prevention, (2) early warning — rapid eradication of new populations and (3) management of widely established populations. The list of IAS of Union concern will be developed with the involvement of a Committee of Member States. The Member States can propose species to be included in the list based on a risk assessment as foreseen by the IAS regulation. 3. For the IAS of Union concern, the Member States will have to organise surveillance, identify priority pathways of non-intentional introduction and spread and develop action plans to address those pathways, i.e., preventing the species from entering and spreading. New detections will feed into an EU early warning system, and generate an eradication obligation.

(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.

Last updated: 17 December 2014Legal notice