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Protecting Europe´s nature laws from the deregulation agenda: interview with Robbie Blake, from FOE Europe

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An internet action called “Nature Alert”, organized by BirdLife, the European Environmental Bureau, Friends of the Earth Europe and WWF, launched with the support of over 100 environmental NGOs across Europe, allows citizens in the 28 EU countries to participate in the European Commission´s public consultation about the effectiveness of Europe’s nature laws (the Birds and Habitats Directives).

The action includes clear instructions to answer the European Commission questionnaire. Please see the action and take part here: https://www.naturealert.eu/en
The objective is to save these laws and, by doing so, the European nature, “from Commission President (Jean-Claude) Juncker’s deregulation agenda”, as stated by a joint press release sent out by BirdLife, the European Environmental Bureau, Friends of the Earth Europe and WWF on the day the internet action was launched, May 12th.

Aiming to know more about the initiative of these NGOs, learn about the reasons behind it and better understand what is at stake in Europe and the European Comission´s real motives behind this consultation, Real World Radio interviewed Nature campaigner at Friends of the Earth Europe, Robbie Blake.

Ten days after the action was launched, it has now gathered the support of more than 124,000 people. Yesterday the number was over 115,000, so the figure is growing fast.

“The e-action marks the beginning of a pan-European, multi-annual campaign to stop any threats to current nature protection efforts and to obtain better implementation and enforcement of Europe’s nature laws”, states the NGO’s press release. The Birds and Habitats Directives are recognised as some of the strongest in the world to protect animals, plant and habitats from extinction.

The European Commission consultation process “is happening in a context that is clearly hostile to nature conservation, as illustrated by President’s Juncker rhetoric on ’business-friendly’ laws and cutting ’green tape’”, adds the text. The NGO internet action allows citizens to take part in the public consultation until 24 July 2015 and it is the only opportunity for the public to express their views during this technical evaluation.

Imagen: Luka Tomac / Friends of the Earth Europe

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