WHAT IS NATURE ALERT?
- In the summer of 2015, the EU Commission began considering whether to rewrite the vital laws that protect Europe’s wildlife and nature. They asked citizens what we think. And we let them know!
- But the campaign isn’t over – the Commission is keeping its options open and the future of laws that protect nearly a quarter of EU land is in doubt.
- Here’s the story of the campaign so far. Follow us to see what happens next and find below the latest news.
- ➡ Jan. 2016: WE DID IT: European Parliament votes for nature
- ➡ Dec. 2015: Positive response from environment ministers
- ➡ Jul. 2015: Consultation Ends: 520,324 voices for nature
- 🍁 TESTIMONIES: citizens share their favourite Natura 2000 sites!
🏁 15 June: Leaked Commission research shows Nature Directives don’t need ‘better regulation'
9 June: Dutch Presidency cancels high-level Nature conference due to Commission dithering
- The European Commission’s failure to publish the outcome of its Fitness Check of the Birds and Habitats Directives has resulted in the Dutch EU presidency calling off a Ministerial Conference where the much-anticipated conclusions were supposed to be discussed. Many governments and NGOs were planning to attend.
Now questions must be answered on why the Juncker Commission is holding back on the publication of the Fitness Check outcome. Why is the Commission using deliberate delaying tactics to put off making a decision?
Given the huge support for the Nature Directives from over half a million citizens and 15 national governments, it is puzzling why the Commission can’t take a decision on our vital Nature laws.
The longer we wait for certainty over the laws, the longer Europe’s nature suffers from a lack of action through better implementation and enforcement.
Read press statements from BirdLifeEurope and WWF EU.