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Parliamentary questions
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22 July 2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Aurelia Beigneux (ID)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Decline in pollinator populations

In its Special Report on the protection of wild pollinators in the European Union (1) , the European Court of Auditors considers that the Commission’s initiatives have not borne fruit

The number of pollinators has fallen heavily in recent decades, bringing with it a loss of species diversity. The World Economic Forum ranked biodiversity loss as one of the top five long-term global risks in 2020 (2) . Ultimately, all French and European ecosystems will suffer as a result of this biodiversity loss.

A report published in 2019 assessing the situation of insects worldwide (3) confirmed that the number of insects in general appeared to be registering a downward trend. It is said that over 40 % of insect species are threatened with extinction. Butterflies and bees are among the species most affected. It is worth remembering that 35 % of our food resources depend on insects and 80 % on bees. They are, therefore, an essential link in our food chain.

1. What does the Commission plan to do, following publication of the European Court of Auditors’ Special Report, to improve protection of wild pollinators?

2. What timetable does the Commission suggest for action on these many problems?

(1)Special Report 15/2020: Protection of wild pollinators in the EU – Commission initiatives have not borne fruit
(2)World Economic Forum, ‘The Global Risks Report 2020’, 15th Edition, 15 January 2020.
(3)Francisco Sanchez-Bayo, Kris A.G. Wyckhuys, ‘Worldwide decline of the entomofauna: A review of its drivers’, January 2019.
Original language of question: FR
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