Brussels, 12 July 2017 – European Commission has added 12 new species to EU list of invasive alien species. Member States are required to address these species by preventing them from being introduced, kept, sold, transported, reproduced or released. Member States will also have to put in place appropriate measures to tackle new invasions or established populations of the listed species.
Currently, in Europe there are around 1800 plants, animals, fungi and micro-organisms that are alien and invasive to their natural environment. Their numbers are rapidly growing. Invasive alien species are one of the major causes of biodiversity loss. They also have major economic consequences in areas such as health care and animal health costs, crop yield losses, fish stock losses, damage to infrastructure and the navigability of rivers.
The list and more information are available on DG Environment website.
The Invasive Alien Species of Union Concern brochure can be found here: