Spain condemned over breach of EU birds law

EU judges say Madrid failed to protect certain species in irrigation area undergoing major work

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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