On Thursday 9 July 2020, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) will publish a special report on EU measures for wild pollinators.
ABOUT THE AUDIT
The ECA assessed whether the European Commission has taken effective action to protect wild pollinators in the EU, following the biodiversity strategy to 2020 and the Pollinators initiative. In particular, the auditors examined the extent to which the EU framework for wild pollinators helped to stop the decline in their number and diversity, and whether the European Commission used biodiversity conservation measures, the CAP instruments and the pesticide legislation to address the need to protect wild pollinators.
Based on their findings, the auditors will make a number of recommendations to the European Commission; which should contribute to legislative updates in the areas of biodiversity, agriculture and pesticides.
This audit complements and was carried out in coordination with recent ECA work on farmland biodiversity, pesticide use, Natura 2000 and climate change.
ABOUT THE TOPIC
In recent decades, wild pollinators in the EU have declined in abundance and diversity under the increasing threat from human activity. The EU biodiversity strategy to 2020 sets out the European framework for priority action on biodiversity, which includes wild pollinators. In addition, the European Commission has put in place measures affecting wild pollinators under existing policies and legislation in the areas of the environment, pesticides, agriculture, cohesion, and research and innovation. In 2018, the Commission has made a move towards coordinating its approach to halting the decline of wild pollinators by launching the Pollinators Initiative.
The ECA’s special reports set out the results of its audits of EU policies and programmes or management topics related to specific budgetary areas. The ECA selects and designs these audit tasks to be of maximum impact by considering the risks to performance or compliance, the level of income or spending involved, forthcoming developments and political and public interest.