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27 April 2017 - Commission timidly commits to better implementation of nature legislation

Today the European Commission published its “Action Plan for Nature, People and the Economy” – a roadmap for the Birds and Habitats Directives – the EU’s flagship nature laws that represent the cornerstone of EU-wide efforts to halt and reverse the loss of biodiversity. The Action Plan proposes measures to help halt biodiversity loss by 2020 but tiptoes around agriculture and funding.

 

 

 

19 April 2017 - Walk amongst penguins in groundbreaking virtual reality film

For the first time, digital audiences can be transported to a sub-Antarctic penguin colony to immerse themselves in the lives of penguin species, thanks to a new 360-degree film launched today, produced with Visualise for BirdLife International’s “Protect a Penguin” global campaign

 

 

 

30 March 2017 - European Commission’s EFA report can’t see the wood for the trees

Yesterday the European Commission published its report on the implementation of the ecological focus area (EFA) obligation under the green direct payment scheme. EFA requirement is the flagship environmental tool of the CAP and unfortunately the Commission is focusing on minor details, whilst the CAP itself is facing major crises of legitimacy.

 

 

 30 March 2017 - EU is hurting renewables ambition by overestimating the share of expensive bioenergy – study

The European Commission is overestimating the share of renewable energy that will be filled by bioenergy in 2030 while underestimating a significant drop in the cost of renewables such as wind and solar energy, a new independent study has found. As the Commission used old data, higher ambition on renewables appears to be more expensive than it actually is, warned NGOs Transport & Environment (T&E) and Birdlife Europe, which commissioned the study. Unless this is corrected, lawmakers might end up being less ambitious about mandating the uptake of renewable energy or being overly optimistic about mandating the use of bioenergy.

 

 

23 March 2017 - Civil society call to fix broken EU farm policy gains ground

Over 140 organisations from all over Europe – representing consumers and the food sector, and those working to promote environmental protection, health, and animal welfare – have joined a call for reform of the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

The organisations have responded to an appeal by ‘Living Land’ – a broad campaign which recognises that the EU’s agriculture policy is devastating to both our climate and our environment, wiping out wildlife, harming public health, and is failing small and medium sized farmers as well as rural communities.

 

 

 16 March 2017 - Finally the EU gets serious about protecting seabirds from fishing! 

Thanks to the advocacy work carried out by Birdlife Europe and Central Asia and other partner organisations the EU is taking important first steps towards solving the seabird bycatch problem. Today the European Parliament adopted the essential data collection regulation.

 

20 February 2017 - Twelve-year action plan to save vultures 

From 15 to 19 February, 43 experts from 22 countries met in Toledo, Spain, to prepare for the forthcoming summit of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species. Based on previous consultations and workshops that include the findings of 200 experts, the group in Toledo has expressed concerns about the veterinary use of diclofenac, a deadly drug for vulture and designed a twelve-year action plan to ensure the conservation of all vulture species.

 

13 February 2017 - The Finch Trap: European Commission vs. Malta

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) will on Wednesday 15th February hear the case initiated by the European Commission against Malta regarding finch trapping in the Maltese Islands. It is probable that the verdict in this case will be delivered by the third or fourth quarter of this year.

 

 

 

07 February 2017 - THE BURNING ISSUE - When bioenergy goes bad

It was supposed to be the best of all worlds: renewable, clean energy from organic matter, residues mostly. But it unfortunately also became land grabbing, nonsensical forest destruction and a festival of national subsidies that have caused more devastating distortions than you can think of. In this documentary co-produced by BirdLife Europe & Central Asia and Transport & Environment we expose some of the outcomes that have perverted solutions... into problems.

 

 

02 February 2017 - €U Are What You Eat! It’s high time for a nature-friendly food & farming system! 

Today the European Commission launched its long-awaited public consultation on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). BirdLife Europe and Central Asia is calling for a sustainable food and farming system. Currently around 35% of the entire EU budget goes to the CAP. The current CAP is undermining the environment, public health and sustainable development while failing to halt the collapse in the number of EU farmers. A reformed CAP must work coherently with all other policies, especially environmental ones, to ensure a viable future for farmers, citizens and nature.

 

 

 

26 January 2017 - One step closer to transparency in fisheries – if you pay

Today the PECH committee of the European Parliament adopted the Data collection regulation. If adopted by the full Parliament, EU member states would be obliged to supply data to the European Commission about the impact of fisheries on the wider ecosystem. This kind of data will help understand the levels of incidental bycatch of seabirds and other species occurring across Europe - the first step towards solving the bycatch problem. However, the “catch” is that the data might not be available for free - NGOs and scientists could have to pay to access this information.

 

 

07 December 2016 - Nature dodges bullet: huge public campaign saves EU nature laws

European Commission confirms EU nature protection laws will be saved after record-breaking campaign – now put the laws to work, say NGOs

President Juncker and his Commission have today confirmed that the EU’s flagship nature laws – the Birds and Habitats Directives – will be saved and not rewritten and weakened, ending two
years of uncertainty over the laws’ future. They have also called for a plan to better implement and enforce these laws.

 

 

30 November 2016 The Clean Energy package doesn’t come clean on bioenergy 

The Clean Energy package published today by the European Commission does not address the problems of unsustainable bioenergy use that current and previous EU policies have created - it only greenwashes them. European climate and energy policies have been built on the myth that all bioenergy – being a “renewable resource” – is all good. 

 

 

28 November 2016 Greening measure to protect nature on farms will be environmentally ineffective, new study shows

A new study has revealed that ‘Ecological Focus Areas (EFAs)’ - a flagship Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) nature protection measure - will deliver negligible benefits for Europe’s wildlife. This is particularly worrying given the low level of nature on arable landscapes.

 

 

 22 November 2016 - The Black Book of Bioenergy unmasks the culprits behind the carbon con of EU bioenergy

Shocking new evidence that exposes the great carbon con of bioenergy are revealed today by BirdLife Europe and Transport & Environment following extensive research and on-the-ground investigations conducted with their local partners. The case studies in the Black Book of Bioenergy are perfect examples of what happens when good intentions go bad.

 

 

10 November 2016 - Europe doesn’t have enough sustainable wood and cow dung to meet its unrealistic bioenergy projections – new analysis

Sustainable wood waste, agricultural residues, manure and other organic residues generated in Europe will only cover around 80% of the EU’s projected bioenergy use in 2030, a new analysis by green groups BirdLife Europe and Transport & Environment (T&E) reveals today.

 

 

 

07 November 2016 - New study explores possibilities for a better CAP

Today NABU (BirdLife’s partner in Germany) releases a study it commissioned from the Institute for Agroecology and Biodiversity (IFAB) in Mannheim which explores the potential for a reformed system of agricultural subsidies to deliver for biodiversity and farmers.

 

 

 

25 October 2016 -  Business as usual – Juncker snubs environment and protects broken CAP

Commission Work Programme ignores businesses and civil society demands for a fitness check of the Common agriculture policy (CAP) and Sustainable development goals (SDGs) are virtually ignored.

 

 

 

20 October 2016 - People across Globe Tell European Union: New Bioenergy Policies Must Protect Climate, Crops, Forests

‘International Day of Action on Bioenergy’ Galvanises Environmentalists, Citizens; Social Media Messages Call Upon Influential EU Commissioners to ‘Make it Right’; Campaign Reaches Nearly 1.5 Million People 

 

 

 

 

17 October 2016 - BirdLife International proposes protected status for area of the Atlantic identified as vital for marine biodiversity

BirdLife International has presented a proposal to create a new Marine Protected Area (MPA) under OSPAR, the Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic. 

 

 

 

 

21 September 2016 - Will the Commission listen to stakeholders’ call for a “fitness check” of CAP?

Today the REFIT Platform [1] published its opinion [2] on the Effectiveness and Efficiency of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). The REFIT Platform Stakeholder group recommends a “fitness check” of the CAP.

 

 

16 September 2016 - Re-building the EU project on people and nature

Today at the Bratislava Summit Heads of state and government of 27 EU member states meet to continue a political reflection on the future of Europe. BirdLife Europe joins 177 Civil Society Organizations’ call to EU leaders to be guided by the principles of solidarity, unity and to refocus on an EU that delivers societal and environmental benefits for all.

 

14 September 2016 - NEOBIOTA board urges the EU to increase the number of species included in its Invasive Alien Species (IAS) list 

Today at the NEOBIOTA 2016, the 9th International Conference on Biological Invasions, the Board of NEOBIOTA adopted a resolution on the EU invasive alien species regulation. The resolution “The Time for Action is NOW!” calls for an effective implementation of the EU IAS regulation, in particular by increasing the number of species included in the “List of invasive alien species of Union concern”.

 

7 September 2016 - Tweaking Rural Development policy will not deliver for environment and countryside – full CAP overhaul needed

BirdLife Europe and the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) have warned that new proposals (1) made by Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan to revitalise rural areas and promote sustainable farming will be rendered useless by the current structure of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) which works against these new objectives.

 

12 August 2016 - New study: EU Nature policies reduce but don’t reverse decline of farmland birds 

New research, published in Conservation Letters, by a team of conservation researchers, including BirdLife Europe and its partners [1], shows that EU nature legislation and EU agriculture-environment schemes can help to preserve farmland birds, however their impact is weakened by the devastating impact of agriculture intensification.

 

 

20 July 2016 European Commission climate proposals stop one unsustainable use of land but allow another 

BirdLife Europe welcomes that the Commission confirms closing the door on land guzzling, food based biofuels after 2020 in its communication on the decarbonization of transport but has serious concerns about new incentives for unsustainable land use in the proposals.

 

 

13 July 2016 - European Commission takes timid first step towards tackling invasive alien species

On Wednesday, 13 July, the European Commission adopted its first list of invasive alien species of EU concern. The list contains 37 species, the possession and trade of which in the EU will be restricted because of their risks and impacts on the economy and the environment.

 

 

 

16 June 2016 - European Commission launches infringement case against Polish government for logging in Białowieża Forest

Today, the European Commission announced the start of an infringement procedure against Poland relating to plans that would see an increase in logging in the Białowieża Forest – one of Europe’s largest expanses of primeval forest, and a Natura 2000 and World Heritage site.

 

 

8 June 2016 - Dutch Presidency cancels high profile nature conference due to delays from Commission on Nature Directives “fitness check”

The European Commission was supposed to present the results of its “fitness check” of the Birds and Habitats Directives (Nature Directives) at the Dutch Presidency conference “Future-proof Nature Policy” on 28-30 June. The document was supposed to serve as a basis for discussions, about the implementation of the Nature Directives in the Member States, at the conference which many governments and NGOs were planning to attend. However the European Commission, 20 days ahead of the conference, has still not published the results of its “fitness check” of these vital laws.

 

23 May 2016 - New report shows that climate targets can be met in harmony with nature

The RSPB (BirdLife’s UK partner) has assessed, by using pioneering mapping approaches, whether the UK’s 2050 climate targets can be achieved using high levels of renewable energy whilst avoiding sensitive species and habitats. The results presented in the new report ‘The RSPB’s 2050 Energy Vision’ show that the UK has the potential to deliver up to four times the UK’s current energy consumption from renewable sources with low risk to wildlife.

 

 

 
Using poisoned-baits to kill predators deemed a threat to livestock and crops continues in the EU despite being banned by the Nature Directives. To stop this practice, SEO/BirdLife (Birdife Europe’s partner in Spain) developed the manual Illegal use of poisoned-baits: Legal analysis and investigation.

 

 

10 May 2016 - NGOs urge the European Commission to change unsustainable bioenergy policy

Civil society finally had the opportunity to officially voice its opinion about the sustainability of all forms of bioenergy as the European Commission in February opened a public consultation on a new EU policy on sustainable bioenergy for the period 2020-2030.

 

 

25 April 2016 - Veterinary drug could cause major drop in vulture numbers in Spain, new study confirms

Scientists and NGOs are calling for an immediate ban of veterinary diclofenac after finding it could kill as many as 6,000 vultures per year in Spain, home to 95% of the Griffon Vulture population.

 

 

20 April 2016 - Sustainable fisheries and aquaculture is achievable with good data

The European Parliament’s report on the collection of data in fisheries and aquaculture brings required transparency to the fisheries sector but fails to cover freshwater aquaculture.

 

 

13 April 2016 - EU nature laws need implementation, not overhaul: NGO report

BirdLife Europe Partners in the 28 Member States have published From Nature Alert to Action, a report anticipating the European Commission “fitness check” of the Nature Directives, expected in the coming weeks. The BirdLife report says EU nature laws are successful, but to realise their full potential they must be implemented, enforced and funded in full.

 

21 March 2016 NGOs demand “Fitness check” of the Common Agricultural Policy

More than 100 NGOs active in farming, development, environment, climate, animal welfare, food systems and public health, have signed a joint letter, to the President of the European Commission to demand a review of the European food and farming system.

 

16 March 2016 “Baltic Plan” gives hope to seabirds but fails to end overfishing

The just agreed “Baltic Plan” includes badly needed measures to stop the incidental by-catch of seabirds but fails to slam the door on overfishing.

 
 
 

11 March 2016 The EU is one step closer to eliminating seabird bycatch

After years of dialogue, the European Commission has proposed that all relevant fishing vessels in the EU implement concrete measures to stop the accidental catching of seabirds in their fishing gear.

 

 

08 February 2016 New figures uncover the hidden truth behind ‘green’ Rural Development funding

Analysis carried out by BirdLife Europe and the EEB has revealed a one billion Euro fall in the actual amount of funding for Rural Development measures meant to benefit the environment in farmland. More information on the event is available here.

 

04 February 2016 European Commission fails to ban toxic ammunition

The European Commission has announced it will continue allowing the use of lead in ammunition, despite the chemical being responsible for thousands of bird deaths.
 

 

02 February 2016 European Parliament Votes for Nature

The European Parliament’s stood up to defend key EU nature laws in a vote at its plenary session in Strasbourg.


 

14 January 2016 EU Court condemns Bulgarian Government for failing nature

According to the European Court of Justice, Bulgaria is failing to protect nature and putting threatened species at risk.


 

16 December 2015 A real European union emerges to back nature

Environment Ministers of the EU have today stood up to defend nature, calling for more money for protected areas and opposing a re-opening of the Birds and Habitats Directives.

 

12 December 2015 The Nature of Paris: what the climate Agreement really says

BirdLife International welcomes the adoption of the Paris agreement on climate change.


 

09 December 2015 - COP21 Latest - Nature forgotten in new text

COP21 President Fabius presents new draft text for Paris Agreement on climate change: “Ambitious targets remain at risk. Why is Nature being forgotten?”

 

27 November 2015 The Messengers: what birds tell us about the threats from climate change

A new report, jointly published by BirdLife International and the National Audubon Society, draws on bird science showing that climate change is already affecting life, and that negative effects will increase in the future.

 

26 November 2015 Europe’s wildlife needs renewables success

The transition from polluting energy sources to renewables needs to be a success in order to protect wildlife in Europe, according to a new study.

 

20 November 2015 Nature summit shows consensus on NGOs position: Birds and Habitats Directives are fit for purpose

In person and online; people and industries from across Europe are in agreement on the need to enforce and fund current nature laws rather than tampering with them

 

20 November 2015 Nature Summit: hundreds gather in Brussels to decide on future of nature laws

Campaigners from across Europe are arriving in Brussels to tell the European Commission to drop its attack on vital nature laws and focus on their enforcement.

 

12 November 2015 The verdict is in: Europe’s nature laws are fit for purpose

Key under-review European nature laws deliver far more benefits than they cost, according to a study carried out by international experts for the European Commission.

 
 

12 November 2015 Better Implementation To Benefit Biodiversity

Birdlife Europe and CEMBUREAU have joined forces to identify ways in which the implementation of the Birds and Habitats Directives could be enhanced to the benefit of biodiversity and nature conservation across Europe.

 

04 November 2015 ‘Better regulation’ doesn’t mean relying on voluntary measures

Using voluntary schemes to encourage ‘better regulation’ doesn’t work, a new report from a BirdLife Partner suggests.

 

 

29 October 2015 MEPs call on Juncker and Timmermans to protect nature laws

Just days after nine major European Governments called for key nature laws to be safeguarded, MEPs from across the political spectrum have now also spoken out against European Commission proposals to weaken the legislation.

 

29 October 2015 Conservationists warn Africa’s vultures are sliding towards extinction

Six of Africa’s 11 vulture species – the continent’s largest and most recognisable birds of prey – are now at a higher risk of extinction, according to the latest assessment of birds carried out by BirdLife International for the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
 

 

27 October 2015 Major EU countries block Juncker’s attempt to change nature laws

European nature laws have been given a massive boost as a number of major EU countries, led by Germany, call for them to be protected.

 

 

02 October 2015 EU admits failing own targets on protecting nature

The mid-term review of the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020 published today by the European Commission shows only limited progress has been made on many of the key targets set at the start of this decade, with a complete failure to address unsustainable agriculture.

 

09 September 2015 Top author backs call to end illegal bird slaughter in the Mediterranean

Hugely successful American author, Jonathan Franzen, is adding his voice to BirdLife International’s campaign to end the illegal killing of birds in the Mediterranean. The Pullitzer Prize finalist is unimpressed with arguments based on ‘tradition’, which form the basis for many examples of illegal bird killings.

 

04 September 2015 - Conservationists launch appeal on Vulture Awareness day: “Ban killer drug or Europe’s birds face extinction”

There are warnings this year’s International Vulture Awareness Day (Saturday 5 September) could be one of the last to see these birds in Europe. A number of conservation organisations say it’s because European countries are failing to tackle the use of a dangerous drug which could cause the extinction of vultures across the continent.

21 August 2015 New scientific report reveals: “25 million birds illegally slaughtered in the Mediterranean every year”

Unlawfully shot, trapped or glued: tens of millions of birds are being killed illegally each year across the Mediterranean, according to the first scientific review of its kind to be carried out in the region by BirdLife International.

 

28 July 2015 Scientists prove European bird protection law saves threatened species

The European Union’s Birds Directive – often believed to be one of the world’s most progressive and successful nature conservation laws – has had a huge impact in protecting Europe’s most threatened bird species – says new research by the RSPB (BirdLife’s UK partner), BirdLife International and Durham University.

24 July 2015 Record breaking number of EU citizens call to protect nature

Almost half a million people have called on the European Commission to save Europe’s nature laws in a public consultation – by far the highest number of responses ever reached in the history of the EU. The public consultation formally closes at midnight on Sunday.

 

26 May 2015 NatureAlert campaign smashes public consultation response record

The European Environmental Bureau, BirdLife and the WWF have welcomed the news that the EU Nature Alert campaign has now generated more public responses to an EU public consultation than ever before.

 

20 May 2015 - SoR 2015: Landmark report shows European biodiversity going lost at unacceptable rates: intensive agriculture main culprit

Landmark report shows European biodiversity going lost at unacceptable rates: intensive agriculture main culprit. The Natura 2000 network of protected areas having a positive impact for conservation.

 

12 May 2015 - Nature alert: environmental groups rally as European Commission threatens vital nature laws

Today over 100 environmental NGOs across Europe will launch a joint online action to save European nature from Commission President Juncker’s deregulation agenda.

 

28 April 2015 - As EU takes step forward on biofuels, NGOs ask for fundamental reform of all bioenergy policies

Today the European Parliament confirmed the deal that was agreed between the EU negotiators two weeks ago limiting the amount of crop-based biofuels that can count towards renewable energy targets in 2020.

 

20 April 2015 - Council adopts a position on Baltic plan that fails to sustainably manage Baltic fisheries

Fisheries Ministers adopted today a general approach to the Baltic Multiannual Plan which fails to implement the objectives of the Common Fisheries Policy. The position from the council does not end overfishing, allowing catch limits to be set way above scientific recommendations, and it also does not set as a goal to minimise the impact of the fisheries on the wider environment.

 

17 April 2015Breakthrough in protection of the Dogger Bank Natura 2000 site, ecological heart of the North Sea

After years of negotiations, the Dogger Bank, a unique and massive complex of Natura 2000 sites belonging to the UK, Germany and the Netherlands will finally get its needed fisheries management plan.

 

14 April 2015 - The beginning of the end for bad biofuels

The Environment Committee of the European Parliament confirmed a political deal with Council to cap the use of first generation biofuels. This vote concludes over 5 years of political wheeling and dealing on the pros and cons of biofuels. The deal is now two rubber-stamping exercises away from becoming legislation: first by the overall EP plenary and second by the Council of ministers.

 

07 April 2015 - BirdLife International launches Europe’s most ambitious bird conservation project

BirdLife International launches Europe’s most ambitious bird species project to identify the conservation needs of 16 charismatic species across 10 countries. The Vulture Conservation Foundation (VCF) and the hunters’ association FACE will also participate and contribute.

 

31 March 2015 - “Today is a good day for our seas. We must thank the vote in the Fisheries Committee for that”

While the European Commission failed to uphold the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) in its proposed management plan for the Baltic Sea, with today’s vote the Fisheries Committee in the European Parliament has taken a step forward.

 

03 March 2015 - SOER 2015 denounces the poor state of European nature and demands a U-turn in Juncker’s plans to weaken nature protection laws and in detrimental agricultural policies

The SOER 2015 released today by the European Environment Agency sends a dramatic message of alert on the state of European nature.

 

25 February 2015 - Press reaction to the Communication on Energy Union: "Good preamble and vision, but falls short on concrete actions"

The new Communication on the Energy Union has an inspiring preamble and vision but falls short on concrete actions to create energy systems that empower citizens and move to a low-carbon economy.

 

24 February 2015The Environment committee in the European Parliament gives a strong mandate on biofuels reform and limits land eating biofuels 

Today the Environment Committee of the European Parliament voted in favour of a strict 6% limit on land eating biofuels and a more comprehensive accounting of their emissions. MEPs gave a strong mandate to its rapporteur, Mr. Torvalds, to go and negotiate with the European Council.

 

05 February 2015 - On board to save seabirds: Fondation SEGRE and BirdLife Europe create the “Seabird Task Force” to reduce seabird bycatch

With an estimated 200,000 seabirds accidentally killed every year during fishing activities, seabird bycatch is a critical environmental issue in Europe. In order to tackle this problem detailed knowledge of bycatch hotspots, the numbers of birds killed and a tighter cooperation with fishermen willing to work on solutions are necessary.

 

27 January 2015 - Saving birds from electrocution: Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds (BirdLife's Partner) receives RGI’s “Good Practice Award” in Brussels, today, for its work on power lines

Today the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds and the BirdLife International Partnership were rewarded with the Renewables-Grid-Initiative (RGI) “Good Practice Award” in the environmental protection category, for their work on preventing bird deaths due to electrocution and collision with power lines in Bulgaria and Sudan.

20 January 2015 - Biofuels reform back in European Parliament – view new web documentary

As the European Parliament’s Environment Committee Rapporteur tomorrow presents his report on the reform of Europe’s biofuels policy, a new web documentary explores how the EU has failed to decarbonise transport through biofuels. The web documentary can be found at www.biofuelsreform.org.

 

19 December 2014 - 9 Member States Rural Development Programmes adopted

After months of intense negotiations between Member States and the Commission, the first 9 Rural Development Programmes for 2014-2020 were adopted this week. BirdLife Europe and the European Environmental Bureau welcome the limited improvements to the approved plans, but stress that the overall direction is still worrying.

 

15 December 2014 - European Medicines Agency asks the Commission to address Vulture-killing drug

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has supported the arguments expressed by BirdLife Europe regarding the risk that the veterinary use of the drug diclofenac represents to Vultures. In their scientific opinion on diclofenac and vultures, EMA is asking the European Commission to act immediately and outlines a series of possible measures to avoid poisoning of vultures.

 

11 December 2014 - American citizens to EU Commission: “Stop cutting our forests”

Over 50 000 US citizens are appealing to European Commissioners Arias Cañete and Vella for a change in the EU legislation that has caused a boom in the demand for wood pellets produced from Southern US forests. Their demand is today being delivered to the European Commission by BirdLife Europe and the European Environmental Bureau.  

 

11 December 2014 - Green 10 open letter to VP Timmermans: “Do not kill laws crucial for our health, environment and the economy”

The 10 leading environmental NGOs in Europe appeal to Vice President Timmermans not to sink the air and waste packages: "Pollution kills 58,000 persons every year. Are they not European citizens? Shouldn’t the Commission protect their interest too?”

 

25 November 2014 - Birdlife report reveals shockingly poor protection of seabirds in the EU

Over 40% of marine Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (marine IBAs) in Europe are not protected, and 2/3 of EU countries only protect 3% or less of their marine area (Territorial sea and Exclusive Economic Zones).

 

 

15 November 2014 - Hundreds of important sites for nature threatened with destruction
More than 350 of the planet’s most important sites for nature are threatened with being lost forever according to a new report by BirdLife International.

 

 

06 November 2014 - Stop bird poisoning : BirdLife calls upon the European Commission to show leadership at Quito Conference today. Time to ban diclofenac and lead ammunitions

Crucial negotiations are taking place today in Ecuador, at the Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Migratory Species, where countries are trying to reach agreement on a global commitment to stop poisoning of birds.

 

03 November 2014 - Green 10 press statement: A new Impetus for Europe: urgent actions and priorities for the new European Commission

Angelo Caserta, Director of BirdLife Europe, and current Chair of the Green 10, stated: “Europe needs a new impetus in environmental policies. This is why we have compiled a brief for President Juncker with 5 urgent actions to be undertaken in 2015 and 10 priorities for his entire mandate.”

22 October 2014 - Green 10 press statement: concerns remain over Juncker Commission’s commitment to environment

With today’s vote by the European Parliament a new political phase begins in the European Union.

 

 

17 October 2014BirdLife Europe's reaction to the conclusion of the EU's public consultation on the "No Net Loss" initiative

Today the European Commission finished its public consultation on measures aimed at halting the loss of biodiversity in Europe. BirdLife Europe’s press statement: “We do not need new laws, but the implementation of the existing ones”.

 

08 October 2014 - The European Cement Association and BirdLife appeals to Jean-Claude Juncker: “Do not change the rules that protect European nature”

After the power grid operators, RGI, more businesses call for a change in Juncker’s mandate letter on the Environment. A joint press statement by Birdlife Europe and the European Cement Association, CEMBUREAU follows.

 

07 October 2014 - The Green 10, the alliance of leading environmental NGOs in Europe, reiterates the call to reject
the Commission unless rigorous changes of mandates, job titles and re-allocation of posts are made

Read also today's Green 10 public appeal to the European Parliament
 

 

06 October 2014 - Birdlife Europe's Director press reaction to Bratušek's hearing: "Vague and evasive. She cannot lead Europe in the fight against climate change"

Vague and evasive, Designate Vice President for Energy Union Alenka Bratušek fails to convince, showing she is not the right person to lead Europe and the world in the fight against climate change. After the parliamentary hearing Birdlife’s appeal to Juncker to intervene and rebuild the environmental credential of his Commission.

02 October 2014 - Production and simplification trump sustainability in Hogan’s hearing

Commisioner-designate Hogan does not reasure on his plan for the Common Agriculture Policy. His references to environmental sustainabilty were prety weak and vague in comparison to his commitments to simplifying bureaucracy, increasing production and satisfying market players.

 

29 September 2014 - Environment designate Commissioner Vella fails hearing. Birdlife Europe and EEB call for rejection

Today Maltese designate Commissioner for the Environment and fisheries Karmenu Vella appeared in front of the Environment and Fisheries committees in the European Parliament.

 

 

22 September 2014 - Violence in Malta: BirdLife volunteers attacked by extremists protesting against hunting ban. The ban was imposed by the government in an apparent move to back the designation of Vella as Commissioner for the Environment and try to silence criticisms

 

 

22 September 2014 - European Medicines Agency must rule on killer drug by November 30. Is Europe closer to saving its vultures and eagles?

After months of wrestling, the European Commission has given mandate the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to assess the risks to vulture populations of the use of veterinary medicines containing diclofenac.

 

15 September 2014 - The 10 leading environmental NGOs appeal to the European Parliament to block the Juncker Commission in its current structure and put forward a list of formal requests


 

 

10 September 2014 - Is the new European Commission side-lining the environment?

The new European Commission announced today by President Jean-Claude Juncker sparks fears in the environmental community.

 

 

17 July 2014Spanish landmark legislation increases 20-fold marine protected areas

Spain’s Agricultural Ministry officially established today 39 new marine protected areas under the European Natura 2000 network, marking a a very important day in marine conservation. The new sites are ‘Special Protection Areas for Birds’ (SPAs), designated under the European Birds Directive. The SPAs will offer protection to seabirds whilst they are at sea, complementing the existing network of sites on land.

 

06 June 2014 Scientists confirm worst fears: new EU Policy on Agriculture is bad for nature

“The EU failed to stand to the promises of greening the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)”: these are the conclusions of the academic paper published today in Science (EU agricultural reform fails on Biodiversity) authored by leading European scientists, conservation practitioners and agricultural policy experts, among which Birdlife’s Trees Robijns.

 

27 May 2014 - Anti-inflammatory drug kills eagles, scientists say

In a paper, published today in the journal Bird Conservation International, scientists present results of tests carried out on two steppe eagles found dead in Rajasthan, India.  Both birds had diclofenac residue in their tissues and exhibited the same clinical signs of kidney failure as seen in vultures.

 

27 May 2014 - Rules, business and the environment: CEMEX and BirdLife jointly endorse EU Nature Directives

In the presence of EU Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik, Birdlife Europe and CEMEX, S.A.B. de C.V. (“CEMEX”) (NYSE: CX) issued today a joint statement wholeheartedly supporting the European Union’s Nature Conservation Policy.

 

21 May 2014 - Natura 2000 Day: the EU not protecting its richest nature sites properly

Today is Natura 2000 Day, which celebrates Europe’s largest network of nature areas protected by EU law. This is a good opportunity to recall that these sites, home to rich and unique wildlife are still threatened by habitat deterioration and destruction as a consequence of the lack of EU law enforcement.

 

21 May 2014 - New studies reveal severe flaws in EU biomass policies

New studies released today show that EU plans for bioenergy are not sustainable. Planned biomass demand is likely to exceed the availability of wood and land for energy crops in the EU.

 

20 May 2014 - Seabird sanctuary threatened by luxury hotel

Sa Conillera island, one of the best preserved seabird colonies in the Balearic archipelago and home to the Critically Endangered Balearic Shearwater, is under severe threat.

 

15 May 2014 - European Court of Justice confirms illegality of damaging Natura 2000 sites for narrow economic gains
Today the European Court of Justice confirmed in the Case Brielse and others that EU Member States cannot authorise damaging developments in Natura 2000 sites for narrow economic gains.

 

 

16 April 2014 - After 10 years of debate, Europe stands up to growing alien species threat
After 10 years of research, discussion and debate, the EU institutions are finally taking legal action to address the damages caused by non-native species. The EU Regulation on Invasive Alien Species was approved today by the European Parliament and should be rubber-stamped by the Council in May. Once implemented, it will allow for significant improvements to environmental protection across the European continent.

16 April 2014 - European Parliament approves final deal on Fisheries Fund - with potential to support more sustainable fisheries if well used by the Member States
The European Maritime Fisheries Fund deal offers improved opportunities for investment in fisheries recovery and the environment, but still includes too many options for perverse subsidies.

 

16 April 2014 - After 10 years of debate, Europe stands up to growing alien species threat
The EU Regulation on Invasive Alien Species was approved today by the European Parliament and should be rubber-stamped by the Council in May. Once implemented, it will allow for significant improvements to environmental protection across the European continent.

 

 

04 April 2014 - BirdLife asks Commission to take legal action over loss of farmland birds
Today BirdLife Partners in Slovenia and Germany submitted three formal complaints to the Commission, asking for legal action against their respective governments. In both countries, evidence shows widespread loss of farmland birds, even in protected areas such as Natura 2000 sites.

 

03 March 2014: Diclofenac: drug causing wildlife catastrophe in South Asia is available on EU market
Diclofenac is a powerful anti-inflammatory drug extremely toxic to vultures and its use on cattle has wiped out vulture populations in South Asial. Despite alternative safe drugs readily available, veterinary Diclofenac is now becoming widely available on the EU market.
 


25 February 2014: Waste-based biofuels sector needs smarter EU 2030 package to realise its high potential
Europe has a significant untapped potential for converting wastes from farming,forestry, industry and households to advanced low - carbon biofuels, but only if it sets a strong sustainability framework and ambitious decarbonisation targets for transport fuels in 2030, finds a new report.
 

20 February 2014: Commission review gives Member States a "must do better report" for Marine Strategies
Poor implementation, poor coordination, poor integration. This, in a nutshell, is the Commission’s view of progress in implementing the Marine Strategy Framework Directive  so far. NGOs are dismayed by the low level of ambition most countries take on achieving Good Environmental Status of their marine waters in 2020, the overarching goal of the Directive.

 

30 January 2014: Invasives: MEPs give in to fur industry, gutting the proposed regulation through far reaching derogation
Today Members of the Parliament Environmental Committee have approved an amendment allowing Member States to derogate virtually the entire regulation and allow any type of enterprise to breed dangerous plants and animals within the EU.
 

 

28 January 2014: Will the Invasive Species Regulation be rendered an empty shell?
Efforts to tackle problems caused by Invasive Alien Species across the EU risk being derailed by MEPs in the Environment Committee when they vote on Thursday on whether or not to allow Member States to freely pick and choose exemptions from a law proposed by the Commission in last September.

 

22 January 2014: New European Commission 2030 climate and energy goals will not prevent damaging climate change
The white paper on EU’s 2030 climate and energy framework released today presents the European Commission’s disappointing proposal for the future of the EU climate and energy policies -  too weak to prevent climate change.

 


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