Terrestrial designation is almost complete with only 9 IBAs (out of 129) missing as SPAs, some of which are however SCIs.
However, 4 of the most important bottleneck IBAs have not been designated. Moreover, too few SPAs are designated for some species, especially Honey Buzzard (Pernis apivorus), Red Kite (Milvus milvus), Corncrake (Crex crex), Black Woodpecker (Dryocopus martius), Tawny Pipit (Anthus campestris) and Red-backed Shrike (Lanius collurio), which still have most of their breeding population outside SPAs.
About two years late, detailed plans for the management of all Natura 2000 sites are being finalised.
Especially in privately owned sites, the management recommended can be too vague, as it is stated by law that the management plans must not anticipate the final agreements between authorities and land owners.
The cost of Natura 2000 is assessed at 40.4 mill. EUR.
Most sites are funded by rural development funding and by the municipalities; only a little amount comes from LIFE.
The main gap is to get enough funding from the municipalities.