On 13 November 2007 the Commission adopted four decisions that significantly extend the Natura 2000 network in four biogeographical regions. The decisions today concern the adoption of an initial list of Sites of Community Importance in the Pannonian region in the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia and the updating of the existing lists in the Atlantic, Boreal and Continental biogeographical regions.
The four Commission Decisions considerably extend the Natura 2000 network, adding 4.255 new sites of Community importance and a total area of some 90.000 square kilometres (about the size of Portugal).
The Pannonian biogeographical region in the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia is a new addition. The decisions also extend the Natura 2000 network in the Atlantic, Boreal and Continental biogeographical regions, adding the contribution of the Member States that joined the EU in 2004 and a significant number of Sites of Community Importance in several \'old\' Member States (including France, Germany, Spain and Italy) that are completing their national proposals. The addition of large areas in the offshore marine environment designated as sites of Community importance is also new, with more than 8.000 km² proposed by Germany.
The Community list for Pannonian Biogeographical Region does not include Czech sites added to the National List by amendment of the Government Degree 132/2005 nr. 301/2007 (17 new sites and 15 modified current sites). These changes will be included to the Community List by next European Commission┤s decision in 2008.
The Community list for Continental biogeographical region does not include Czech sites proposed for addition of the National list which are negotiated with stakeholders. These changes will be included to the Community List by next European Commission┤s decision to extend Natura 2000 network in this biogeographical region.