Germany has told Jean-Claude Juncker not to merge the Habitats and Birds Directives, Europe’s main nature protection laws.
“The process of merging the directives would bring years of uncertainty,” German environment minister Barbara Hendricks told the incoming European Commission president in a letter on Thursday seen by ENDS.
“I want to be frank with you that your asking the commissioner for environment to evaluate the potential for merging and modernising the Habitats and Birds Directives...is a cause of concern to me. The directives are a central, successful cornerstone of European biodiversity conservation,” Ms Hendricks wrote.
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