European Commission sends Romania new warning about protection of biodiversity

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European Commission has sent Romania a fresh warning about the country’s failure to observe the EU legislation on biodiversity. Despite some measures taken by authorities, Romania has not yet designated many enough special protection areas for vulnerable migratory birds and for wild birds, thus infringing the EU Directive regarding the protection of wild birds, the European Commission announced on September 17.
 
An infringement procedure in this respect was initiated in October last year, when the Commission sent Romania a formal letter of notification drawing attention that it did not designate special areas of protection for wild birds and those for food and shelter, which had to be set along the migration routes of wild birds.
This new letter, the „motivated notification” is the last warning to Romania before taking it to the European Court of Justice, if the notified issues persist.
 
Since last October, Romania has designated 108 special protection areas (SPA), but 21 more, considered important bird areas (IBA) have been omitted. Moreover, some SPAs have areas smaller than the corresponding IBAs, which means that around one million ha identified as IBAs are excluded at present, the Commission also said.
 
„The European network of protection areas is of a vital importance for the migratory birds and for endangered species. If one country only neglects its duties, the entire Europe can suffer. That is why it is imperative for all the EU member states to fulfil their duties in this respect”, said European commissioner for environment Stavros Dimas.
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