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Parliamentary questions
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21 June 2019
Joint answer given by Mr Vella on behalf of the European Commission
Written questions: E-001908/19 , E-002066/19
Question references: E-001908/2019, E-002066/2019

In June 2018, the Commission adopted the EU Pollinators Initiative(1), the first-ever coordinated EU action to address the decline of wild insect pollinators.

The initiative provides a framework for an integrated approach to the problem through improving knowledge and stakeholder collaboration, and a more effective use of existing tools and policies to tackle the main causes of the decline.

It sets long-term objectives and thirty-one short-term actions. The Commission will review the results of the actions by the end of 2020 and, if necessary, propose recommendations for further action.

Besides the specific action on insect pollinators, the Commission is addressing the decline of insects through its EU biodiversity strategy to 2020(2). The strategy addresses the main drivers of biodiversity loss, by mainstreaming biodiversity objectives into sectoral policies and facilitating action across all governance levels.

The Commission's proposals for the multiannual financial framework (2021-2027)(3) aim to further mainstream biodiversity and ecosystem services into key EU policies and funds, notably through strengthening the green architecture of the new common agricultural policy.

The Commission would like to stress the importance of maintaining the environmental ambition of these proposals in the interinstitutional decision-making process.

The main drivers of biodiversity loss need to be addressed across all sectors and levels to safeguard biodiversity and the ecosystem services that underpin our food security, climate mitigation and adaptation efforts, and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

(1)COM/2018/395 final, https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX:52018DC0395
(2)COM/2011/0244 final, https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX:52011DC0244

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