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”.
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: