EU Commission adopts Action Plan for nature and the economy

On 27 April, the European Commission adopted a new action plan to improve the protection of nature and biodiversity in the European Union. CEMBUREAU welcomes the fact that the Commission recognizes the need to improve the implementation of the Birds and Habitats Directives at national level. For this purpose, the Commission emphasizes that stakeholders must work together to deliver practical, on the ground results, noting that very often those who are supposed to implement these two Directives are often not sufficiently aware of the requirements of them nor the flexibility which they offer.

In order to tackle this, the plan puts forward 15 actions to be carried out between now and 2019, grouped under four priority areas: improving guidance and knowledge, building political ownership and strengthening compliance, strengthening the use of EU funding in Natura 2000 areas and better communication and outreach.

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