Tuesday, 26 January 2010

New EU Birds Directive 2009/147

One of the classics of environmental legislation, the European Union’s Birds Directive 79/409 has been codified for the sake of clarity and officially replaced by a new Directive:




DIRECTIVE 2009/147/EC OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 30 November 2009 on the conservation of wild birds (codified version); Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) 26.1.2010 L 20/7


Codification


Within the framework of better regulation, this is how the European Commission’s glossary explains the meaning of codification:




Codification

In a wide sense, used in some Member States, codification means gathering all legislation on a particular topic into a single "book" (e.g. penal code). In a narrow sense, and as used in the EU context, codification consists of the adoption of a new legislative act which incorporates and repeals the previous ones (i.e. the basic act and all amending acts). This makes the law clearer and more easily accessible without changing its substance.





The Legal service of the Commission offers additional information about codification.



A Worker Reads History?


Bertolt Brecht wrote the poem Fragen eines lesenden Arbeiters (A Worker Reads History), where he questioned the traditional presentation of historical events through great men.

For some reason Brecht’s poem occurred to me, when I wondered if a Directive with most of the substance annexed in Latin can be said to have been published in the official languages of the European Union (and its member states).




Ralf Grahn





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