The European court of justice has condemned Spain for breaching the EU's 1979 birds directive. In a ruling delivered on Tuesday EU judges said Madrid had failed to take measures to protect certain species of wild birds from disturbances caused by major irrigation work around the Segarra-Garrigues canal. But they rejected a European commission claim that the area's classification as a protected site was insufficient. Spain was condemned for a different breach of the same EU birds law earlier this year (EED 28/06/07). See judgement in case C-186/06.
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