BirdLife Europe Press Releases


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.


4 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.


3 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 realize 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.