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Failure to ban toxic ammunition putting bird...

Thu, 04/02/2016
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.

A real European union emerges to back nature

Wed, 16/12/2015
Environment Ministers from EU member countries have backed the Nature Directives in the face of a European Commission 'Fitness Check' process.

Major EU countries join fight to protect European...

Tue, 27/10/2015
Key European nature laws have just been given a massive boost as a number of major EU countries, led by Germany, call for them to be protected.

EU adopts BirdLife's classification standard...

Fri, 11/09/2015
Here's three reasons why this is important for conservation efforts.

Nature in the crosshair

Thu, 30/10/2014

The Birds and Habitats Directives are the bedrock of nature conservation in the

Green Infrastructure - Enhancing Europe’s Natural...

Tue, 14/05/2013
On Monday 6th May the European Commission launched a new strategy to encourage the deployment of green infrastructure. The strategy also revealed a clear policy signal to ensure that the enhancement of natural processes that provide multiple benefits, such as green infrastructure, becomes a systematic part of spatial planning. This is a key element of the implementation of the EU’s Biodiversity Strategy towards 2020.

Producing biofuels without increasing greenhouse...

Tue, 19/03/2013
A recent report about the Dutch biofuels market, compiled by research institute CE Delft, reveals that the environmental performance of biofuels sold on the Dutch market could be significantly improved by shifting to biofuels that produce low levels of CO2 emissions.

Green groups: no medals in sight for Barroso II

Wed, 04/07/2012
Halfway through its term in office, the European Commission is falling behind in the race to create sustainable long-term prosperity in Europe, warn Europe’s leading green groups in a critical assessment of the Commission’s environmental performance since 2010 released on Tuesday 3 July. This report finds among others that the Commission has acted to protect the environment even less than the first Barroso Commission.

Final Warning for Bulgaria over Failure to...

Fri, 22/06/2012
On Thursday 21 June, the European Commission issued a final legal warning against the Bulgarian Government over its failure to fully designate, protect, and prevent deterioration of the Kaliakra Special Protection Area and Site of Community Importance, required under the EU Birds and Habitats Directives.

The EU continues to fail in financing successful...

Mon, 12/12/2011
On Monday 12 December, the European Commission proposed the renewal after 2013 of the LIFE programme, a key tool for financing biodiversity and the Natura 2000 network.

Environment Commissioners win a round for...

Thu, 06/10/2011
The European Commission has made a timid step forward towards honoring its commitment to integrate biodiversity in its legislative proposal on the Cohesion Policy, one of the two main components of the EU Budget.

The EU must reform fisheries and farm policies if...

Tue, 03/05/2011
BirdLife welcomes the new EU Biodiversity strategy to reverse the decline of biodiversity and ecosystems by 2020.

Disappointment over European Court of Justice...

Tue, 19/04/2011
The European Court of Justice has ruled against the European Commission in a case brought against the Romanian Government.

European Commission urges Romania to protect the...

Wed, 02/02/2011
The European Commission has urged Romania to improve its protection of the Sulina area in the Danube Delta, as new tourism developments threaten to degrade it.

Protection set to increase for migratory birds of...

Mon, 31/01/2011
The EU Council of Ministers is on its way to signing an important MoU that would significantly increase protection for migratory raptors across European, Asian and African flyways, after a recommendation to do so by the European Commission.

BirdLife calls upon the EU to champion...

Mon, 04/10/2010
BirdLife International handed in to the European Commissioner for the Environment, Mr Janez Potoƒçnik, its “message for Nagoya”.