On 9 September 2013, the Commission published a proposal for a new Regulation on the prevention and management of the import of invasive alien species (IAS) to Europe. The aim of the proposal is to protect native biodiversity and ecosystem services (IAS are the second biggest threat to these after habitat destruction), and to minimise their impacts on human health and economics.
Invasive alien species are proving to be an increasing problem in Europe, costing damages of at least €12 billion a year and seriously damaging essential ecosystems. Under the proposed Regulation, which will now be examined by the Parliament and Council, Member States will help to draw up a list of IAS of concern to the EU, and selected species will be banned from the EU. The JRC’s European Alien Species Information Network (EASIN) will be the information support mechanism of the new Regulation.
The JRC launched the European Alien Species Information Network (EASIN) in September 2012. The first network of its kind in Europe, EASIN is designed to improve access to data and information regarding alien species in Europe. It allows users to explore information on the currently reported 16 330 alien species from over 40 distributed online resources through a network of interoperable web services, following internationally recognised standards and protocols. EASIN was recently updated with links to original data providers, more publications in its literature database, an updated new version of the EASIN catalogue and the inclusion of links to new factsheets.
EASIN is developed and maintained by the JRC, and is supported by DG Environment.