EU sets out options for tackling invasive species

Commission says new or revised EU legislation could be tabled to control influx of "unwanted guests"

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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