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EU Commission calls Cyprus to task for failing to protect nature
Cyprus is dragging its feet on nature protection
EU ministers commit to better implementation of nature legislation

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04 June 2018
The European Commission’s infringement procedures against Cyprus echo the longstanding positions and concerns of NGOs over failures on nature protection issues.
26 April 2018
A report on the state of implementation of the EU Nature Directives in 18 Member-States finds Cyprus failing to adequately protect its wildlife and its most important areas for biodiversity.
03 July 2017
On 19 June the EU environment ministers committed to better implementation of 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 four year evaluation “the Fitness Check” of the Nature Directives, where 500 000 citizens, all major political groups in the European Parliament called for better implementation of these vital nature laws, is now finally over. 
03 May 2017
On 27 April 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. 
07 December 2016
The laws that protect Nature in Europe – the Nature Directives – are still under threat. Over the last two years, the European Commission has been scrutinizing these laws and it is about to decide their fate.
30 June 2016
On 16 June 2016, 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 UNESCO World Heritage Site.
10 June 2016
The European Commission was supposed to present the results of its “fitness check” of the Birds and Habitats Directives (Nature Directives) at a Dutch Presidency conference “Future-proof Nature Policy” on 28-30 June 2016. 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. 
31 May 2016
In the coming weeks, the European Commission is expected to publish its conclusion on the ‘fitness check’ of the Nature Directives and hold the annual Green Week. For this reason on 16 May 2016 BirdLife Europe, the BirdLife International EU partners and citizens across the EU took to social media to remind Commissioner Vella and his 27 other Commissioner colleagues, that EU citizens are still behind the Nature Directives, and are anxious to see action, and have them fully implemented in order to benefit the environment and local communities.
14 April 2016
‘From Nature Alert to Action’ by BirdLife Europe and its Partners show EU nature legislation will have greatest impact if implemented, enforced and resourced without delay. 
29 February 2016
On 2 February 2016, MEPs overwhelmingly approved a report prepared by the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee of the EU Parliament, which calls for the maintenance of the two Nature Directives: the Birds Directive and Habitats Directive. The report includes some very important provisions such as proposals at a European and National level on how to achieve the targets of the EU Biodiversity Strategy by 2020 and also gives a strong message against suggestions for the amendment of the EU Nature Directives. In addition, the report stresses the need for full implementation of these laws and adequate financing.

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