|Designation||The designation process has been based on solid knowledge of distribution and state of species and habitats.
All proposed SPAs were designated with minor boundary changes.
Most SCIs are designated or under designation process, although several local problems persist.
Where problems arise, these are based on existing interests competing with nature conservation.
Management plans for only a few SPAs exist and these are only recommendations.
In fact, practical conservation of SPAs is problematic and very few measures are implemented. Especially wide-scale measures integrated into agriculture, forestry, and fishery are missing.
The situation is only slightly better in SCIs, especially those overlapping with protected areas that have existed for a longer time.
No robust scheme for financing Natura 2000 sites in place, work on a Prioritised Action Framework is in process.
Conservation objectives are not clear and their financial needs not assessed.
Sources such as LIFE funding are used only occasionally, a systematic approach and State support for their wider use are missing.