European court condemns Spain and France

The European court of justice has ruled against a traditional Spanish practice of using limed twigs to catch species of thrush threatening crops (EED 10/09/04). The court backed a European Commission complaint, ruling that Madrid had breached the 1979 wild birds directive, which forbids indiscriminate capture or killing of birds. In a separate ruling, the court condemned France for missing a 2000 deadline to publicise health advice on dealing with radiological emergencies. France has since brought itself into line with the relevant 1989 directive. See judgements in cases C-79/03 and C-177/03.

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