No binding EU commitments ahead of global biodiversity summit

The European Commission has questioned the usefulness of setting binding biodiversity targets, and stressed there is no way the EU will have such policies in place in time for the key UN summit in October, where parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity are expected to agree a global response to the extinction crisis.

Don't expect the new law to be presented at the end of March,” said Stefan Leiner, who heads the biodiversity unit in the commission's directorate-general for environment, referring to the publication of a biodiversity strategy to 2030.

Binding means legislation, and we all know that developing and adopting legislation in the environmental field is not something you do like that,” he said at a policy forum in Brussels on Thursday.

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