According to a press release from the community executive, Portugal has partially complied with the ruling, designating 61 sites of community importance as special conservation areas, "but has not yet adopted the corresponding management plans, including conservation objectives and measures".

Portugal now has just under two months to respond to the letter and take the necessary measures, otherwise Brussels can refer the matter to the European Union Court of Justice and ask for financial sanctions.

The judgment, issued on September 5, 2019 following an infringement process, considered that “by not designating as special conservation areas 61 sites of community importance recognized by the European Commission in Commission Decision 2004/813/EC, of ​​07 of December 2004 […] and by not adopting the necessary conservation measures that meet the ecological requirements of the types of natural habitats […] the Portuguese Republic has failed to fulfil its obligations” under the Habitats Directive.