European Policy

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The work of Protected Areas across Europe makes a valuable contribution across several European Union policy areas, notably on nature and biodiversity through the management of much of the Natura 2000 network, as well as through sustainable and rural development.

There are many links to different areas of work that affect Protected Areas, such as agriculture, regional development, tourism, fisheries and education. Through its Brussels office, EUROPARC ensures direct connection with European Institutions, including the EU Commission, the Council of Europe and the Committee of the Regions. We represent members interests at European level and actively contribute to the development of EU relevant policies, providing expertise, facilitating the exchange of experiences and driving the flow of information from and to our members.

For more information on what EUROPARC is up to in Brussels please visit the info sections on EU Policy & Advocacy, our Brussels office  and European Partnerships – or get in touch directly with our Policy Officer Stefania Petrosillo:


EUROPARC commissioned research demonstrates the significant role played by member Protected Areas in Natura 2000:

It was found that EUROPARC members manage at least 10% of the total European N2000 sites. These are N2000 sites that are found within a pre-existing Protected Area. As a consequence, Natura 2000 sites cover 37% of the overall EUROPARC members’ surface.

Find out all about the resarch results and learn about EUROPARC Member engagement and opportunities in our dedicated Natura 2000 section.