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GlobeAlley Nov 02, 2012 10:37 AM
Is the European Justice System threatening biodiversity and which position does EEA take on this subject?
In a recent ruling against an NGO (Kokopelli), preserving and distributing ancient varieties of plants, mostly food and flower varieties, the European Court ruled that distribution and use of varieties that are not listed in the ´official European catalogue of varieties of plantspecies´ are prone to heavy financial penalties. This list only includes a limited variety of species (mostly commercially distributed ones). This seems to contradict the EEA´s standpoint of importance of preserving biodiversity. It gives the impression that European Institutions wants to decide which varieties are allowed to be included in our biodiverse future, and which are to be eliminated. Does the EEA have an official standpoint or opinion on this matter?
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EEA Nov 06, 2012 03:25 PM
Dear GlobeAlley,

The EEA aims to support the development and implementation of sound environmental policies in the EU by delivering timely, targeted, relevant and reliable information to policy-makers and the public. The EEA produces reports on the state and trends of the environment in Europe. The European environmental legislation is beyond the Agency’s working remit. The EEA neither sets nor enforces environmental policies. Also, the European Environment Agency has no legal mandate for providing legal or technical assistance for legal complaints.