Campaigners rate EU states on habitats law
Denmark heads a league table of EU member state efforts to implement the 1992 habitats directive, scoring 21 points from a possible 30, environmental group WWF said today. WWF put Netherlands second with 21 points and Austria and the UK next with 19 points each. The laggards are Germany, Spain, Portugal (13 points), Greece (12) and Ireland (8). The study covered legal transposition, practical action and financial and administrative support. None of the countries has fully complied with the law, and "every [implementation] deadline has been broken," the group says. See press release.