The European commission will consider proposing new or revised EU legislation to tackle the growing problem of invasive alien species entering Europe, it said a policy paper published on Friday.
The EU executive says controlling invasive species and repairing the damage they cause to nature and human health costs European economies more than €12bn each year. It estimates that more than 10,000 non-native species are currently present in Europe, and that up to 15 per cent of these cause a "negative economic or ecological impact".
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