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MEPs back existing nature laws

The European Parliament’s Environment Committee has signed off on a report calling for retention, rather than revision, of the EU’s birds and habitats directives.

The committee backed the report, on the mid-term review of the EU’s biodiversity strategy to 2020, on 22 December by 60 votes to 3. The report calls for better implementation of the existing birds and habitats directives and increased support for biodiversity, rather than revised laws. 

The report’s rapporteur, the Belgian conservative MEP Mark Demesmaeker, said that policymakers need to do more to achieve the strategy’s goals. A mid-term review of the European Biodiversity Strategy published in October "makes it crystal clear that substantial additional efforts are needed to reach the 2020 goals,” he said. 

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