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Nature Restoration Law postponed due to minority - Trust loss for European democracy

"The failure of EU ministers to rubber stamp a political agreement on a new Nature Restoration Law risks undermining climate action and damaging the EU's credibility both globally and with voters, a handful of opposing ministers were warned on Monday." (Source: Euronews Green on March 25th 2024 by Robert Hodgsen)

"The EU’s nature restoration laws appear to have been indefinitely postponed after a number of member states, including Hungary and Italy, withdrew support for the legislation." (Source: The Guardian on March 25th 2024)

"If we do not agree with what we have already negotiated, we undermine the entire European legislative process. As well as the need to protect nature and fight climate change. We can start paying (farmers) for the protection and restoration of nature. But that's the opportunity we're missing at the moment," Ireland's Climate Minister said today at the EU Council meeting about the missed opportunity with the Nature Restoration Act.
"A diplomatic source from a country supporting the nature law told Euronews that the delay was once again down to Hungary holding out. Despite Austria, Finland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland and Sweden all refusing to back the law."

The law has not been passed for the time being, and the vote in the EU Environment Council has been postponed until June. The whole thing has considerable implications for Europe's democracy, but of course also for species and climate protection as well as our agriculture. A classification.
This is about trust and the process of European unification - in short, Europe's democracy. Why should Parliament believe future promises and try to reach painful compromises with the Council if the Council does not keep them? This is exactly what has happened a few times now - the blockades of the FDP greet you.
The pressure from right-wing extremists and the agricultural lobby not to adopt any environmental requirements for agriculture is having an effect. Europe's farmers are thus missing out on an opportunity to be paid for species and climate protection.
The vote in the Council will probably take place after the EU elections. It might be the last chance for the law before Hungary takes over the presidency of the Council.
"A minority of EU members have once again prevented the adoption of legislation designed to reverse decades of ecosystem degradation and honour a global agreement to halt biodiversity loss." (Source: Euronews Green on March 22nd 2024)

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  • George Kariuki

    3 w

    This is a major setback for environmental protection in Europe! Delaying this crucial law undermines commitments to biodiversity and climate action.

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    • We Don't Have Time

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      • walter lungayi

        3 w

        This is so wrong. Prioritizing environmental protection and restoration is crucial, and delays in implementing such legislation hinder progress towards a more sustainable future.

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        • Elizabeth Gathigia

          3 w

          Its heartbreaking to see some member states withdraw their support, meaning they don't care about the law at all

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          • mary Mwihaki

            3 w

            This is very heartbreaking samething needs to be done.

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          • Kevin

            3 w

            This is a clear picture of the way the ministers think about the restoration law.

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            • Isabel Arens

              3 w

              @Kevin not really. Its just a minority of countries ministers blocking. It is rather a political game from conservatives and right parties using populism against democracy.

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              • Monika Simon

                3 w

                @isabel_arens Absolutely! It is a political game, as the Hungarian Prime Minister was backing the law previously, and now delaying it, and eventually blocked it.

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              • Esther Wanjiku

                3 w

                Seems a majority of the law makers steered clear during the vote just to frustrate the process. Very heartbreaking!

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                • Rotich Kim

                  3 w

                  Climate protection law should be implemented

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                  • Isabel Arens

                    3 w

                    @rotich_kim the EU Green Deal was already decided. Unfortunately, its a political game with our survival before the EU elections...

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                  • Munene Mugambi

                    3 w

                    I find it hard to believe that these ministers were acting on their own free will. One person missing the vote is understandable but more than a few leading to jeopardization of the law's success seems to show that this was a coordinated effort to stop the law from sailing through. Question is, who is responsible and what do they want from this?

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                    • Monika Simon

                      3 w

                      @munene_mugambi well, the Hungarian totalitarian leader Viktor Orban was definitely acting on his free will, since nobody else matters to him, only his own political agenda.

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                    • Richard S

                      3 w

                      Pre Dark Age

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                      • Gorffly mokua

                        3 w

                        This very is concerning and it risks damaging the credibility of the EU's climate action⚠⚠ efforts

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                        • Munene Mugambi

                          3 w

                          @gorffly_mokua I know right! You wonder what other business these people have apart from achieving their mandate as given to them by the voters. It's almost like they were paid out to not attend such sessions or to sabotage the agenda on nature restoration.

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                          • Jane Wangui

                            3 w

                            @gorffly_mokua So far EU climate action has been very vigilant.Hopefully this will not taint the good job it has been doing.

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                          • Monika Simon

                            3 w

                            Absolutely! We, the people should vote for the future of the young generation! Not politicians for their convenience, profit making and GDP which should be long retired!

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                            • Gorffly mokua

                              3 w

                              @monika_simon This is what should be done!👏

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