Fitness Check of the Birds and Habitats Directives

Commission evaluation shows Nature Directives are fit for purpose

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In 2015 over 520,000 people across Europe spoke up to save the Birds and Habitats Directives - laws essential to the protection of vulnerable habitats and species.

Since then we have been waiting for the outcome of this aspect of the European Commission's Regulatory Fitness and Performance Programme (known as "REFIT"), a rolling programme of review of all EU legislation.

In December 2016 the European Commission published its "Fitness Check" evaluation of the Directives. It has concluded that, within the framework of broader EU biodiversity policy, the Directives remain highly relevant and are fit for purpose.

A number of conservationists have called for these laws to be protected and kept on the UK's statute books following the UK's withdrawal from Europe. It seems to be the legal consensus that this will be the case.

Thank you for taking action during the campaign to secure this welcome outcome.