The REFIT group is a Joint Links Task and Finish Group working together with our Sister Links, Northern Ireland Environment Link, Scottish Environment Link, Wales Environment Link, and members to ensure that the review is informed by the best evidence and has the best result for nature, people and business.
Update from the Group:
Following the EU referendum result the future of the Birds and Habitat Directives in the UK is uncertain. Link and its members will continue to work collectively to ensure that the UK’s environmental law and its enforcement is as strong or stronger than the rest of Europe.
At the present time the Directives still apply.
The EU consultant’s report on the fitness check of the Directives was made public on 5 July, stating that ‘The Directives are fit for purpose’. This supports the Joint Links position statement on REFIT, which was signed by 100 NGOs last year. There was a huge level of public support for the Directives expressed in the response to the European Commission consultation (‘Nature Check’), and our proposals for better implementation.
Further evidence submission to the European Commission
Throughout May and June 2015, the European Commission held ‘mission’ meetings with 10 member states to discuss the member states’ evidence submissions. On 1 June, ten delegates from the Joint Links REFIT group attended the UK NGO mission meeting with the Commission and the consultants carrying out the REFIT review. The group subsequently agreed to submit additional evidence to the review process, highlighting key elements of Link’s previous response and addressing additional issues raised in the mission meeting.
The further evidence was supported by 100 NGOs from across the Joint Links network and is set out in the following six papers below:
Submission of evidence to the European Commission’s fitness check of the Habitats and Birds Directives
The Task and Finish Group submitted their full evidence to the fitness check of the Habitats and Birds Directives on 30 April 2015. They are delighted that this response was supported by 100 UK NGOs from across the Joint Links. The full evidence is set out below:
The European Commission’s public consultation closed on 26 July 2015. A total of 520,325 citizens across Europe responded to the consultation via the Nature Alert webtool. On 24 July 2015 the Joint Links published a press release in the run up to the closure of the consultation.
Last updated: 12 July 2016