The EU Commissioner for the Environment J. Potocnik attended  the meeting of the EU Parliament's Petitions Committee when FIE's petition seeking the Commissions assistance to protect Ireland's peatlands was heard.

The Petition seeks the Commissions assistance in ending not only the turf cutting taking place on special areas of conservation, but also the unlicensed and unregulated industrial extraction which is continuing across the midlands. FIE is making a formal request for the Petitions Committee to come to Ireland on a fact-finding mission. ‘If Committee members see first-hand what is happening, we believe they will be strongly motivated to act.'

SEE FIE'S PRESENTATION TO THE COMMITTEE AS RECORDED LIVE

 

Read the Speaking Notes   |   See The Petition itself   |  And the supplementary report on turf cutting in protected sites with photographs


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