Spain criticized for failing to protect birds in Andalusia
The EU is threatening to sue Spain for failing to protect the birds in Andalusia.
The European Commission has called on Spain to fulfill its obligations under the Birds Directive, the Habitats Directive and a previous judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union.
In November 2016, the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled that Spain had failed to take appropriate measures to prevent the deterioration of natural habitats and the disturbance of protected bird species caused by the construction of a railway line crossing the Campinas special protection area of Seville in Andalusia.
Spain said it has identified a number of mitigation and compensation measures to compensate for the damage caused and to implement the Court’s judgment. However, almost five years after the shutdown, Spain has yet to fully implement these measures.
“Compliance with European nature law is crucial for the preservation and restoration of nature and biodiversity. The European Green Deal and the European Biodiversity Strategy 2030 both underline the importance for the EU to halt its loss of biodiversity by preserving our natural sites and restoring damaged ecosystems to good ecological condition. The Commission said on September 23.
The Commission has now decided to send a letter of formal notice to Spain for failure to comply with the Court’s judgment. This is an infringement procedure, which means that the Commission can refer the case to the Court of Justice of the European Union and ask for financial penalties, after giving Spain the opportunity to respond to the letter and take the necessary action.
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