Governments condemned over EU habitat rules

Germany, France, Ireland, failed to notify enough sites rules European Court of Justice

Germany, France and Ireland were condemned in the European Court of Justice today for failing to propose adequate lists of natural sites for inclusion in the EU's Natura 2000 network.

Using identical language in separate judgements, the court ruled that all three countries' lists had been "manifestly inadequate, going well beyond the margin of discretion available to member states". The judgements are in line with a recommendation made by the court's legal advisor in May (EED 03/05/01)

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