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.
Serbia (potential candidate)
Serbia applied for EU membership in December 2009, with the European Commission’s Opinion on candidate status expected on 12 October. Areas of progress include:
Integrated Border management – Sequence shows Serbian border police patrolling the River Danube (at the border with Romania), checking other river traffic, inspecting documents.
Judiciary – The main courtroom in the Palace of Justice has been reconstructed and modernised with the help of EU funds. The room is now used for trials relating to organised crime.
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