A group of MEPs has called on the European Commission to intervene in the planned clearance of a forest in Germany for lignite mining.
Lawmakers from the left GUE/NGL and Greens/EFA groups have asked the EU executive to guarantee that the birds and habitats directives are correctly applied in the case and to urge Germany to prevent irreversible action.
The MEPs said there were a number of animal species listed for strict protection in the directives living in the Hambacher Forest in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
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