Declaration in accordance with Article 34(3) of the Convention on Biological Diversity
“The European Union declares that, in accordance with the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, and in particular Article 191 thereof, it is competent for entering into international agreements, and for implementing the obligations resulting therefrom, which contribute to the pursuit of the following objectives:
- preserving, protecting and improving the quality of the environment;
- protecting human health;
- prudent and rational utilisation of natural resources;
- promoting measures at international level to deal with regional or worldwide environmental problems, and in particular combating climate change.
Moreover, the European Union adopts measures at Union level in the area of judicial cooperation in civil matters for the proper functioning of its internal market.
The European Union declares that it has already adopted legal instruments, binding on its Member States, covering matters governed by this Supplementary Protocol. The exercise of Union competence is by nature subject to continuous development. In order to comply with its obligations under Article 20(3)(a) of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention of Biodiversity, the Union will keep up to date the list of legal instruments already transmitted to the Biosafety Clearing House.
The European Union is responsible for the performance of those obligations resulting from this Supplementary Protocol which are covered by Union law in force.”