REFIT Biodiversity Habitats

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.

Ahead of the publication of the European Commission’s 2016 work programme, MEPs have told the European Commission that better regulation does not mean deregulation in its new work programme. ENEP has been closely involved through its TTF in responding to the REFIT on the nature directives which is considering how to simplify regulation and cut administrative costs.  Now the MEPs have said that this must not be used as an excuse for lowering social and environmental standards.