Following the European Regulation (NO 1143/2014), live invasive alien species of European concern cannot be intentionally:
- brought into the territory of the Union, including transit under customs supervision;
- kept, including in contained holding;
- bred, including in contained holding;
- transported to, from or within the Union, except in the context of transport to facilities for eradication;
- be placed on the market in any other way;
- used or exchanged;
- permitted to reproduce, grown or cultivated, including in contained holding;
- released into the environment.
Competent authorities can grant a derogation from the restrictions set out above in the following cases:
- Permits can be given allowing establishments to keep the listed species in order to carry out research and/or ex-situ conservation or when the use of products derived from invasive alien species of Union concern is to advance human health. The issuing of such permits comes with certain conditions. Please note that apart from the permit from the regional authority, an additional federal or regional permit may be needed if the species is transported over regional or territory borders.
- Flanders: Please follow this link to submit your online demand for a permit.
- Wallonia: The online permit system is under construction. For all enquiries please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Brussels Capital Region: The online permit system is under construction. For all enquiries please send an e-mail to email@example.com
- Federal authority: Please follow this link to submit your online demand for a permit.
- The issuing of derogations from the restriction on importation lies with the federal government (Click here for the Dutch version, click here for the French version).
- The authorisation to carry out activities other than those mentioned in "restrictions" can be exceptionally obtained from the European Commission for reasons of compelling public interest.