Government fails to include Elbe valley in protected nature list

The Czech government has decided not to include a stretch of the Elbe valley in northern Bohemia in a listing of EU designated nature protection sites, according to the daily Lidové Noviny. It said that the Czech Confederation of Industry and the local regional council has both lobbied hard to keep the area off the list because of worries it might impede economic development. Environmentalists have warned that Brussels could launch an infringement procedure against the Czech Republic about the decision itself and the five years required to take it.

Author: Chris Johnstone