03 Jun 2015
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 03 JUNEBrussels Daily
Brussels Green Week 2015: Tackling declining biodiversity as new data reveals birds and marine life threatened with extinction
Nearly 15% of birds in the EU are threatened with extinction, as well as 7.5% of all marine fish species in European waters, according to new reports published today by the European Commission. Opening today, Green Week 2015, Europe’s biggest conference dedicated to environment policy, will look at the reasons behind these trends and ways to tackle declining biodiversity. First Vice-President Frans Timmermans, responsible for sustainable development, said: “We need to maintain Europe’s biodiversity – it underpins both our quality of life and our economy – ‘our health and our wealth’. It is under threat and we need to make sure it’s properly protected. Green Week will provide valuable input to our on-going Fitness Check into the nature directives. That means looking for ways to improve the way they work and make them easier to enforce, without compromising the goals that are so important to our citizens.” Commissioner Karmenu Vella, responsible for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, commented on the new data: “These reports contain some worrying statistics – but they also show the value of well-targeted actions to protect the biodiversity we depend on.” The three-day conference is open to all and sessions are web-streamed. A press release is available here.
Commission management report stresses accountability, best use of taxpayers’ money
The European Commission today presents its ‘Synthesis report’ on the policy and financial management achievements of 2014. The report shows a greater emphasis on performance culture, via initiatives like an EU budget focused on results. The report finds improved reporting on the policy achievements of the Commission and on the impact of the EU budget, including examples of the added value of the EU funding and key performance indicators towards achieving policy targets. The report brings together annual reporting and declarations from the 49 services of the Commission, as well as the work done by the Internal Audit Service (IAS) for the past year. It allows the Commission to take the overall political responsibility for the management of the EU budget and is an important element of the accountability system. The report is available here.
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