10 % EU biodiversity strategy target of EU agricultural area as high-diversity landscape features in the proposal for a regulation on nature restoration
Question for written answer E-002391/2022
to the Commission
Mick Wallace (The Left)
The biodiversity strategy sets a target of designating at least 10 % of EU agricultural area as high-diversity landscape features to provide space for wild animals, plants, pollinators and natural pest regulators. Yet Article 9 of the proposal for a regulation on nature restoration, which specifically deals with agricultural ecosystem restoration, does not mention this 10 % target. Nevertheless, in Article 14, which deals with the Commission’s assessment of Member States’ national restoration plans, there is a specific reference to ‘the 2030 objective of covering at least 10 % of the Union’s agricultural area with high-diversity landscape features’, which presumably refers to the biodiversity strategy target. Article 14 also states that this is something the Commission must assess in national plans.
Regulation (EU) 2021/2115 establishing rules on support for strategic plans to be drawn up by Member States under the common agricultural policy includes good agricultural and environmental condition (GAEC) 8, which merely sets a minimum 4 % target for non-productive areas and features, and even that is limited to arable land.
- 1.Can the Commission explain this omission of the 10 % target in Article 9, particularly in light of the requirement to include it in national plans?
- 2.Is the Commission satisfied that without a clear statement of the 10 % in Article 9 or elsewhere in the proposal, the 10 % target will be legally binding?