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The Commission and Members States must ensure better use of the European Regional Development Fund for halting biodiversity loss

17 / 09 / 2014, Europa-Nu 2

A report published today by the European Court of Auditors (ECA) reveals that the EU Member States’ take-up of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to finance projects aimed at halting biodiversity loss has lagged behind compared to other areas of ERDF spending. If the ERDF is to continue to be regarded as useful for helping to deliver the EU strategy to halt biodiversity loss by 2020, the Commission should provide the Member States with more support for implementing specific protection and management plans for habitats and species. The monitoring of the implementation and impact of biodiversity projects also needs to be improved.

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