EU nature policy must be strengthened not weakened

We need to see a step-change in implementation of the Habitats and Birds Directives, argues lawyer Andrew Jackson

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker’s suggestion that the EU’s nature laws may need to be “modernised” following an upcoming review must be treated with a healthy dose of scepticism.

In the current political climate, “modernising” is often a convenient bandwagon onto which attempts to weaken environmental protection can be hitched.

This would not be the first attack on the Habitats and Birds Directives in the name of modernity.

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