FROM EUROPEAN IAS REGULATION TO BELGIAN IMPLEMENTATION
THE NEED FOR COORDINATION and COHERENCE
In Belgium, competence pertaining to the European Regulation on Invasive Alien Species (Regulation 1143/2014) is shared across the Regions (Flanders, Wallonia and Brussels Capital Region) and the Federal State. Since invasive alien species do not adhere to administrative borders, and since most of the provisions laid down in the Regulation require some level of coordination to ensure coherence and legal security, proper implementation of most of the Regulation would not be possible if decisions were made unilaterally at the level of each separate entity. Therefore, a cooperation agreement was established in June 2020 to support the implementation of the EU IAS Regulation. This agreement ensures the coordinated implementation of the IAS Regulation by the Federal State, the Communities and the Regions, and provides for the much-needed exchange of information between the different parties. If you want to know more about the added value of the cooperation agreement for the implementation of the European Regulation, click here.
THREE BELGIAN ENTITIES SUPPORTING THE IMPLEMENTATION
The Cooperation agreement provides the legal basis for three new national entities: the National Scientific Secretariat on IAS, the National Scientific Council on IAS, and the National Committee on IAS.
- The National Committee on IAS is composed of representatives of the federal and regional administrations. It ensures the exchange of information between the parties and elaborates Belgian positions on issues pertaining to the EU IAS Regulation, for possible endorsement by ministers through the Ministerial Conference on the Environment.
- The Scientific Council on IAS acts as an independent advisory body and is composed of scientific experts providing advice to the National Committee on IAS.
- The National Scientific Secretariat on IAS facilitates the workflow between the different bodies and supports the Scientific Council in answering questions from the National Committee on IAS.