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Parliamentary questions
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8 August 2019
Answer given by Mr Vella on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: P-002187/2019

The Commission, with the assistance of the European Environment Agency, is currently assessing the most recent scientific information on the status and trends of EU protected species and habitat types based on the six year reporting by Member States pursuant to Article 17 of the Habitats Directive(1) and Article 12 of the Birds Directive(2).

The Commission will publish the results of this assessment in the second half of 2020 as part of a broader evaluation of implementation of the EU Biodiversity Strategy. This will provide an objective scientific basis to determine progress towards halting and reversing biodiversity loss in the EU.

Whereas achieving the overall objectives of the Habitats and Birds Directives are not time-bound, key provisions such as designation of Special Areas of Conservation and establishment of the necessary conservation measures have deadlines. Target 1 of the current EU Biodiversity Strategy already aims at significant improvements in the conservation status of protected species and habitat types set on the EU level.

In preparation of the post 2020 EU biodiversity policy, the Commission together with the Member States is considering possible national recovery targets. In addition, a new format has been agreed with Member States to strategically set out funding needs and priorities for the management and restoration of Natura 2000 and related Green Infrastructure.

This should help enable better targeting of resources and uptake of different EU funds for nature under the next multiannual financial framework, including under the common agricultural policy post-2020.

(1)Council Directive 92/43/EEC of 21 May 1992 on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora. OJ L 206, 22.7.1992.
(2)Council Directive 2009/147/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 November 2009 on the conservation of wild birds (codified version).

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