Invasive alien species (IAS) cost the EU an estimated EUR 12 billion per year, prompting the European Commission to push for an EU-wide approach to tackle the issue. The phenomenon, which occurs when plants and animals are deliberately or unintentionally introduced by human action to a new environment where they establish, reproduce and proliferate, is causing serious problems for biodiversity. The dedicated legal instrument aims to tackle the problem through a new harmonised system and a shift from “cure” to “prevention”.


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On 12 October, the European Commission will publish its annual enlargement strategy document and progress reports. These provide the definitive yearly assessment on the progress of EU enlargement. With Croatia set to sign the Accession Treaty in December, Montenegro's readiness to start accession negotiations under review, and a decision on Serbia’s candidate status expected soon, enlargement is set to be an important topic this autumn.


Download the report on 12 October here: 


Stock shots for seven candidate countries and potential candidates for EU accession are now available for journalists’ reports on the process of EU enlargement. This unedited footage has been specifically tailored to complement stories on these topics, including:


Enlargement-specific themes – rule of law, corruption, border management

General presentations – capital cities, institutions, economic activity, etc.

Cultural and religious heritage – ancient ruins, religious sites, old town views,


Stock Shots

Seven 20’ stock shots bundles have been produced to aid journalists covering the issues mentioned above. All the footage is free of charge and free from copyright. Please see the links below each description to view and download the material.

N.B. The topics selected below are highlights only.


Croatia (candidate country)

With EU accession talks with Croatia the furthest advanced of the candidate countries, the country’s government is expected to sign the Accession Treaty in December 2011. Areas of benefit to the EU of Croatian membership include:


Fighting corruption and organised crime – Footage of the national Office for Suppression of Corruption and Organised Crime.

Transport infrastructure – Sequence on the reconstruction of the Vinkovci-Tovarnik railway, a section of pan-European Transport Corridor X, which connects Austria with Greece. This is the largest single project in Croatia to be supported by EU pre-accession funds.




Stock shots available on the other countries:

-         Bosnia-Herzegovina

-         former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM)

-         Kosovo under UN Security Council Resolution 1244

-         Montenegro

-         Serbia

-    Turkey

Original location: Croatia
Country of origin: Croatia

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