Greece and Austria in court over EU birds law

The European court of justice has condemned Greece for breaching the EU's 1979 wild birds directive. The court argued that Greek law was not "coherent and specific" enough to protect a site classified as special protection area. Meanwhile, a court advocate general has recommended in an advisory opinion that Austria be condemned regarding the same directive for failing to register two sites as protected areas, and also for breaching the 1992 habitats directive by approving a new motorway near a protected area without considering alternatives. See case C-166/04 and case C-209/04.

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