The Future of the Nature Directives: Where are we going?

The conference focused on the outcome of the Fitness Check of the EU Nature Directives and had a specific emphasis on how to improve implementation in the future.

MEP Karl-Heinz Florenz, President of the Intergroup “Biodiversity, Hunting, Countryside”, commented that

the Action Plan of the Commission for a better implementation of the EU Nature Directives is highly appreciated. What is important in my opinion is that local stakeholders, such as land owners, farmers and hunters, should be better involved in the implementation on the ground. Sometimes also more pragmatic and flexible solutions are needed. In this way, we will be able to increase acceptance at a regional level and stop the loss of biodiversity”.

MEP Renata Briano, promoter of the event and Vice-President of the Intergroup underlined:

The European Commission should listen to hunters and those people living in the countryside: the loss of biodiversity is one of the main environmental challenges for the EU. It is positive that the Nature Directives remain fit for purpose; we will continue the work for a better implementation, without ignoring the problems reported from the rural areas and by EU Institutions such as the European Court of Auditors. As Members of the European Parliament, we must participate in the debate and let the citizens’ voice be heard”.