The ruled on Thursday that had indeed violated an EU nature and conservation law by not sufficiently implementing a regulation to protect natural habitats.
The European Commission sued Germany back in 2021, as well as several other EU member states, for failing to abide by the EU directive.
Thursday’s ECJ decision means Berlin now faces hefty fines. The ruling, however, did not detail exactly how high the fines would be.
What was the ECJ’s ruling?
The argument of the European Commission was that Germany had not set a sufficient number of conservation targets.
These targets are meant to protect or of certain insects and plants living in certain areas.
The court agreed that Germany had failed to designate 88 out of 4,606 sites as special conservation areas in time.
Another 707 sites were lacking obligatory conservation targets as foreseen by the EU law.
The nature and conservation law seeks to protect and restore biodiversity by protecting the habitats of local flora and fauna. In recent years, the Commission has stepped up its enforcement of the bloc’s environmental laws in an effort to combat
The court, however, disagreed with the Commission on several of its other complaints.
The ECJ has previously ruled against other member states over violating the conservation law. In 2019 and 2020, it ruled that Portugal and Greece respectively had not carried out their obligations in this area.
ab/rs (dpa, AFP)
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