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Environment Links UK REFIT

The Environment Links UK REFIT Task and Finish Group was set up in June 2014 to address the EU review of the Habitats and Birds Directives. The REFIT initiative is the European Commission’s Regulatory Fitness and Performance Programme. This focuses on reducing ‘regulatory burden’, so as to meet EU policy and regulatory goals at least cost. The inclusion of the Birds and Habitats Directives within this process is the latest manifestation of the ongoing threats to the Directives which are widely viewed as one of the most important pieces of legislation protecting nature.

Chair: Kate Jennings, RSPB

Updates from the Group

Following the decision by the EU not to reopen the Directives, this Group has now completed its work. However, there is a continuing need to ensure the Directives are properly implemented across the UK, and for all relevant environmental laws to be effectively transferred into UK law during the Brexit process. This work is being taken forward by the ELUK Brexit Nature Coalition.

For further information, contact Emma Pereira, Link’s Policy and Campaigns Manager.

Last updated: 01 February 2018