Commissioner for the Environment
Mr Stavros Dimas
Dear Commissioner Dimas,
You will be aware that the Republic of Slovakia
has submitted, and has had approved by the EU, a list of 38 SPAs as their contribution to Natura 2000. These have yet to be
given final approval and protection by the Slovak government.
Some of these areas provide breeding habitat for several important and endangered bird species
including the Eastern Imperial Eagle, Lesser Spotted Eagle, and Ural Owl. Other areas are important habitats for species of
community concern according to SPA criteria such as Black Stork, Black, Three-toed and White-backed Woodpeckers, Capercaillie,
Pygmy Owl, Hazel Grouse and other birds.
The Natura 2000 plans are now threatened by proposed revisions to the mining law which will give
priority to the exploitation of gold, uranium and other minerals to the detriment of conservation and nature protection.
Local NGOs are now contesting the contentious and potentially dangerous clauses in the new draft
law and have appealed for international support and publicity for their campaign.
I/We urge you to investigate this matter urgently, and to use your influence to ensure that the
Slovakian Natura 2000 proposals are not jeopardised by short-term economic gain which could lead to loss of habitat and decline
ion endangered European bird species populations.
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