Commission Registers “Save the Bees!” Initiative
The European Commission registered on May 27 a European Citizens' Initiative named “Save the bees! Protection of biodiversity and improvement of habitats for insects in Europe”. Should it receive one million statements of support within 1 year, from at least 7 different Member States, the Commission will have to react within 3 months.
Under the Treaties, the EU can take legal action in areas such as the internal market, agricultural policy as well as the protection of public health and the quality of the environment. The Commission therefore considers the initiative legally admissible and decided to register it. The Commission has not analysed the substance of the initiative at this stage.
The organisers call on the Commission to 'adopt legislation to maintain and improve habitats for insects as indicators of an undamaged environment'.
The aim of the initiative is the creation of mandatory targets “to make the promotion of biodiversity an overall objective of the common agricultural policy; to dramatically cut the use of pesticides, ban harmful pesticides without exception and reform eligibility criteria; to promote structural diversity in agricultural landscapes; to effectively reduce nutrients; to effectively establish conservation areas; to intensify research and monitoring and improve education”.
On June 24, CSR Europe will organise a webinar on will Biodiversity and Industry. It will be discussed why businesses need to care about biodiversity and what the relevant EU policies are for businesses.