Sat. Jun 22nd, 2024
The fate of the EU’s restoration regulation is uncertain as Hungary heads to the evening milking

EU Environment Minister Kai Mykkänen expressed his frustration with the recent developments regarding the Nature Restoration Regulation. The regulation aims to introduce binding obligations to improve the state of nature in various habitats across the European Union, covering a significant portion of its land and sea areas by 2030 and all ecosystems in need of restoration by 2050. This includes marshes, wetlands, meadows, waterways, forests, agricultural environments, and cities.

Finland initially opposed the proposal last summer but it narrowly passed the Council of Member States. Following tripartite negotiations, where various flexibilities were added to the regulation, Finland abstained from voting in November. However, recent developments have seen Hungary change its stance on the regulation, jeopardizing its approval.

Despite the flexibilities included in the regulation, Finland has raised concerns about the interpretation of the impairment ban, particularly regarding forestry limitations, as well as the level of obligations to restore widely occurring habitat types. Minister Mykkänen emphasized that trust in EU decision-making processes should be upheld, especially after reaching a trilogy agreement.

The uncertainty surrounding the fate of the restoration regulation has prompted discussions among EU environment ministers. Mykkänen highlighted the need for transparency and operational reliability in the EU decision-making process while expressing disappointment in the current situation of last-minute surprises.

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