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European Commission finally ends threat to axe biodiversity laws – Lynn Boylan MEP

7 December, 2016 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Speaking today after the European Commission announced that it would not after all re-write or weaken key EU biodiversity protection, Boylan said,

“The Birds and Habitats Directives are crucial pieces of biodiversity legislation which help protect the environment and endangered species. Unfortunately, for the past few years, the European Commission has allowed the sword of Damocles to dangle over them as potential targets for a lighter touch form of regulation.

“Thankfully, due to the continued pressure from environmental organisations, political representatives and the half a million concerned citizens who petitioned the EU executive, the European Commission has now had to row back on this threat and confirm that it will not be trying to tinker with them.

“Whilst such vital nature protection laws should not have been targets in the first place, it is to be welcomed that the European Commission has now recognised their importance too. It is now a question of looking at how we better implement and enforce them to ensure a higher level of protection for nature which is continually under threat.”

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