Today, 1st of December 2009, as the Lisbon Treaty comes into effect there is good news for the Parliamentary Intergroup on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development. Three Political groups have now officially given their support to the Intergroup including the European Peoples Party (EPP), the Alliance for Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) and the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) - the decision will be finalised on 10th December. After a lot of lobbying over previous months and with over 130 EPs signed the full backing of the three political parties ensures the future of the Intergroup.
IUCN and its Countdown 2010 initiative have a long standing agreement (since 1994) with the European Bureau for Conservation and Development (EBCD) and the European Parliament in providing the Secretariat for the Intergroup on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development
The ratification of the Lisbon Treaty means that the European Parliament now has co-decision power with the Council of the European Union requiring the two bodies to agree on an identical text before any proposal can become law. Legislative proposals will be drafted by the European Commission, which will then come before the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers, the two institutions will discuss the proposal and each may amend it freely. This new power means that the engagement of the European Parliament for the Intergroup is increasingly important.
The Director General of IUCN, Ms Julia Marton-Lefevre, visiting Brussels today to attend the Conference “Biodiversity – The Private Sector Offer” and to attend the official launch of the CEMEX Conservation book “The Wealth of Nature” both at the European Parliament will use the occasion to re-iterate that IUCN stands ready to support the Parliament and EPs over the coming years.