Ambrosia as an invasive species in Europe
Question for written answer E-000280/2021
to the Commission
Ska Keller (Verts/ALE)
Ambrosia artemisiifolia is native to North America and is a widespread species which has been brought to Europe and has spread across large areas of the continent. Not only its pollen but also skin contact with the flower heads can trigger serious allergies in humans.
Under Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/1141, the Commission is compiling a list of invasive alien species of Union concern. According to a research project financed by the Commission (Final report: ENV.B2/ETU/2010/0037), Ambrosia artemisiifolia is such a species. It does not, however, feature in the list.
- 1.What reasons does the Commission give for Ambrosia artemisiifolia not appearing in the list of invasive alien species of Union concern?
- 2.What steps need to be taken in order for Ambrosia artemisiifolia to be included in the list?
- 3.What further action will the Commission take to prevent Ambrosia artemisiifolia from becoming more widespread in the European Union and to protect and support Union citizens, for example allergy sufferers, but also farmers, who are affected by it?