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Seas and Oceans: EU Law

Volume 475: debated on Monday 12 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how he plans to comply with the UK’s mandatory obligations in relation to the marine environment under the EU Habitats Directive. (203967)

The Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Regulations 1994 (“The Habitats Regulations”) transpose council directive 92/43/EEC on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora (EC habitats directive) into national law. The Habitats Regulations apply as far as the limit of territorial waters (12 nautical miles from baseline) and allow the UK to meet its mandatory obligations under the habitats directive in this area.

DEFRA introduced the Offshore Marine Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Regulations in 2007 to comply with the UK’s mandatory obligations under both the EU habitats and wild birds directives beyond UK territorial waters.