Implementation of the Habitats Directive in Lithuania - the case of a new EU Member State

Irene Durinck Nicolajsen & Laura Hviid Arildsbo

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


The point of departure for the present study is nature protection and environmental policy-making at the European Union level, as well as the process of integrating new East European member states. Focusing on the implementation of the cornerstone of EU nature conservation legislation – the Habitats Directive – as a tool for coherent nature protection, this study investigates the barriers to - and possibilities for implementing the EU environmental policy in a new EU member state. Neo-institutional theory is applied. Further, within the frame of Europeanisation it is investigated how consequences of limited administrative capacity, the level of economic development as well as the different tradition for environmental protection, in the new member state of Lithuania, affects the objective of creating a coherent European ecological network (Natura 2000). This study reveals that richness in nature and wildlife and the continuing process of catching up economically with EU-15, challenges the approximation process, but also experiences with conflicts concerning domestic administrative systems, and limited political enthusiasm; render cases similar to old EU member states.

UddannelserTekSam - miljøplanlægning, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato1 jun. 2005


  • Habitats Directive
  • EU enlargement
  • New-Institutional Theory
  • nature protection
  • Lithuania
  • Europeanisation