European Legislation

Current European Legislation

 The most important pieces of European legislation on biodiversity are:

You can find a more exhaustive list of European legislation related to biodiversity here.

You can find a detailed list of European and international legislation related to biodiversity here.



Key messages

The most important pieces of European legislation and strategies influencing biodiversity are:
  • Bird and habitat directives that form the Natura 2000 network
  • The EU Water Framework Directive for clear waterbodies
  • The Environmental Liability Directive for compensating for environmental damage
  • The EU Biodiversity Strategy
  • The Environmental Assessment to assess potential damage arising from industrial projects











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