European Commission formally publishes final Fitness Check of the Birds and Habitats Directives
On 16th December, the European Commission published its final evaluation on the 'Fitness Check' of the EU Birds and Habitats Directives (the 'Nature Directives'). Having collected over half a million consultation responses, it concluded that, within the framework of a broader EU biodiversity policy, the Directives remain highly relevant and are fit for purpose. However, full achievement of the objectives of the Nature Directives will depend on substantial improvement in their implementation in close partnership with local authorities and different stakeholders in the Member States to deliver practical results on the ground for nature, people and the economy in the EU.
Fitness checks provide an evidence-based critical analysis of whether EU actions are proportionate to their objectives and delivering as expected. They cover environmental, economic and social aspects, and concern all EU policy areas. In the field of environment policy, the European Commission has completed fitness checks on legislation covering water, waste, and Birds and Habitats. Download a copy of full evaluation study carried out follow consultations on the Fitness Check of the Birds and Habitats Directives. An ENEP TTF position paper was submitted in the context of the consultation – click here to view our submission. and ENEP representative participated in the consultative conference.