Court condemns UK over EU habitat rules

The British government has been condemned by the European court of justice for a series of flaws in the way it transposed the EU's 1992 habitats directive. The judgement, which was released on Thursday, rejects as insufficiently clear and precise the UK's decision to impose general duties on nature conservation bodies to comply with the directive. It goes on to fault Britain's compliance with 11 clauses in the directive. Environmental group RSPB said the verdict would increase safeguards in designated UK wildlife sites. See judgement in case C-6/04, and RSPB reaction.

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