Insufficient funds for Natura 2000
The European Union is incredibly focused on providing appropriate funds for environmental needs across Europe, namely for the Natura 2000 initiative. The EU funds nearly 5.8 billion euros per year to implement the directive and ensure that it is being carried out properly. The European Court of Auditors recently analysed the initiative and concluded that five member states are not living up to expectations of the goals that should be met for Natura 2000. The Auditors found that the funds were not being properly allocated to the sectors of the Natura 2000. The Auditors also concluded that the EU is only meeting 20% of the funding that is necessary for Natura 2000 to be implemented efficiently.
After the disappointing results, the IEEP is considering what to do next in order to improve the implementation of Natura 2000. A larger budget from a new fund is one option, but some believe that it could have adverse affects on the aggregate funding level in the end. IEEP would also like to create more stakeholder cooperation through awareness events consistently throughout the year.