Posted on Monday, April 11th, 2011
An EU LIFE project set up to help protect the Great Bustard in the Kiskunsag region used EU money to reduce Great Bustard mortality by removing sections of power lines through the key Great Bustard areas.
The Hungarian authorities then allowed a new power line to be built through a known Great Bustard area without even conducting an impact assessment first. This contravenes EU law.
In 2008 the EU Commission undertook formal proceedings against the Hungarian authorities who agreed to removed the offending sections of the power line by April last year. The EU Commission has apparently noted that the work has not yet been started and has given the Hungarians 2 months to comply. Failure to remove the dangerous parts of the power line may result in the matter being referred to the EU Court of Justice.
The offences are in breach of the EU Birds Directive and the EU Habitats Directive.
This legislation does require countries within the EU to take measures to protect wildlife, and the UK Governments refusal to give the Great Bustard the extra protection under section 1 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act would also appear to be a breach of this legislation.
Categories: Great Bustards