279. Invasive alien species.

An EU regulation on the prevention and management of the introduction and spread of invasive alien species has been made with the aim of preventing, minimising and mitigating the adverse impact on biodiversity of the introduction and spread within the EU, both intentional and unintentional, of invasive alien species1. A list of invasive alien species of EU concern is to be adopted by means of implementing acts2.

Member states must take all necessary steps to prevent the unintentional introduction or spread, including, where applicable, by gross negligence, of invasive alien species of EU concern3. Invasive alien species may only be