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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
Head of Policy and Campaigns: Spencer Clubb, Link

Updates from the Group

Following the Group’s huge success in contributing to the decision by the EU not to reopen the Directives, work has come to an end. However, it remains the case that the Directives need to be properly implemented across the UK, and all relevant environmental laws must be effectively transferred into UK law during the Brexit process. This will be taken forward by the newly formed Environment Links UK Brexit Nature Coalition.

The Environment Links UK Brexit Nature Coalition wrote to the Commissioner, Frans Timmermans, in February 2017, who, in response, warmly welcomed our offer to provide expertise, knowledge and time in delivering the Commission’s newly adopted Action Plan for nature, people and the economy. The Action Plan, introduced in June 2017, is aimed at improving implementation of the nature directives and boost their contribution towards reaching the EU's biodiversity targets for 2020.

For further information, contact Spencer Clubb, Link’s Head of Policy and Campaigns.

Last updated: 02 August 2017.