Council takes 'first steps' towards EU biodiversity action

EU governments have outlined a joint position on a biodiversity policy ahead of key global talks in 2020, but several eastern member states signalled they might expect public money in return for action.

Environment ministers at an EU Council summit on Thursday spoke of the need for “transformative change” and the “mainstreaming” of ecosystem protection into all policy areas of as they agreed the basic elements of an EU position for the summit of parties to the international Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in China next autumn.

“This cannot happen again,” the EU commissioner for environment and oceans Virginijus Sinkevicius said after noting the EU's failure to meet its own objective to halt biodiversity loss by 2020.

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