France warned again over wild birds
The European Commission has sent France a first written warning to comply with a 2002 European court of justice ruling over wild birds protection, if it wants to avoid a possible second condemnation and subsequent fines. France, which was condemned for not designating enough sites for the conservation of wild birds under a 1979 EU directive, has the smallest network of protected areas in the bloc, representing a mere 2.1% of its territory. This situation has been described by EU environment commissioner Margot Wallström as "a great disappointment". See press release.