The imminent and most important test for the EU’s credibility on its global and European biodiversity commitments is the ongoing reform of its budget and sectoral policies, now negotiated for the period 2014-2020. Currently the EU governments are already on the brink of breaking their “Nagoya promises” made at the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in 2010. It is very unlikely that wrong decisions taken now on basic principles and rules for EU subsidies, including on agriculture or fisheries policies, can be corrected in a meaningful way before 2020. Therefore it is of utmost importance that the last months of negotiations in Brussels will lead to results that live up to the EU’s objective of developing a smart and sustainable low carbon economy by 2020, one that safeguards biodiversity, restores ecosystem services, and ensures efficient use of our resources. Investing in the environment has taken a step back as a result of the EU financial crisis.
This overview of EU Member States display how investments in the environment benefit the economy as a whole.