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Overwhelming Parliament vote for biodiversity cannot be ignored by European Commission- Lynn Boylan MEP

2 February, 2016 - by Lynn Boylan MEP


Speaking from the European Parliament Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has welcomed today’s vote on the biodiversity report which sets out strong demands to protect nature. The report was passed by a large majority.

Ms Boylan said:

‘The European Commission’s own mid-term review in 2015 admitted that progress on 2020 biodiversity protection targets was pitifully weak with only one out of six headline targets being reached.

‘Instead of seeking to protect the few measures which have a track record in protecting nature – namely the Nature Directives – the European Commission instead continues to create doubt over their future.

‘Today the European Parliament added its voice to over a half a million citizens who petitioned the Commission to keep their hands off these solid nature laws whilst last night during the debate the Commissioner responsible for them refused to confirm that he wouldn’t jeopardise them.

‘Signs that the Commissioner may still be willing to ignore half a million citizens and MEPs shows not only a disregard for biodiversity but also for democracy.

As a food producing country, Ireland will actually benefit from enhanced biodiversity.  A 2009 UCD study showed that enhancing biodiversity delivers key agronomic benefits to farmers so today's vote is in the best interests of nature and farmers

‘It is now time the Commission wakes up and confirms that it will stand up for nature and protect these invaluable pieces of nature legislation.’

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