Today Europol has released the consultative draft of its Serious and Organised Crime Threat Assessment (SOCTA). The SOCTA sets the crime and security priorities for Europol for the next four years.
Neither wildlife crime nor environmental crime were listed as a “high priority” in the SOCTA.
The cross-party parliamentary group MEPs For Wildlife are urging EU Member States to prioritise wildlife trafficking in the SOCTA agenda.
Catherine Bearder, Chair of the MEPs For Wildlife group said:
“Only by making wildlife crime a high priority in the SOCTA will Europol be given the resources and people it needs to tackle wildlife trafficking.
“Wildlife trafficking is a high profit, low risk activity and involves organised criminal gangs. The money gained from the illegal wildlife trade is often used to fund terrorist groups and other money laundering schemes.”
Benedek Jávor MEP said:
“Europol are essential in the fight against the illegal wildlife trade.
“In addition to nature conservation activities in source countries we need cross-border intelligence agencies like Europol to be stopping wildlife trafficking in the EU.”
SOCTA 2017: https://www.europol.europa.eu/activities-services/main-reports/european-union-serious-and-organised-crime-threat-assessment-2017
Today in the European Parliament, Environment Committee Euro MPs have called for immediate action to ensure palm oil entering the EU’s market is fully sustainable.
Today is International Women’s Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.
In celebration of World Wildlife Day, Catherine Bearder MEP picks out her top wildlife wins and losses of 2016-17
Catherine Bearder MEP along with Green and Labour MEPs has written to Climate Change Minister Nick Hurd MP regarding the decision to privatise the Green Investment Bank.
The Bank was originally established by former Lib Dem Ministers Ed Davey and Vince Cable.
Today the European Commission will make a statement on whether the UK government has violated Article 45 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights which “establishes and guarantees the right of every EU citizen to move and reside freely within the territory of the member states.”
The UK has voted to leave the EU, but looking at the country as “52% leave” and “48% remain” doesn’t illustrate the complex attitudes and opinions of liberals in today’s political climate.
The UK, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain have been given a final warning for breaching EU air quality standards.