Flemish right leads opposition to EU nature restoration law

Flemish right leads opposition to EU nature restoration law

The Christen-Democratisch & Vlaams (CD&V) party on Tuesday called on Flemish Environment Minister Zuhal Demir (Nieuw-Vlaamse Alliantie, N-VA) to oppose the European Commission’s plan to restore damaged ecosystems and nature in the EU.

The Flemish administration should do this in coordination with the Netherlands and Denmark, the CD&V suggested.

One objective of the Commission's plan, presented in June 2022, is to cover at least 20% of the EU’s land and marine areas by 2030 with nature restoration measures. It also plans to extend these measures to all ecosystems that need to be restored by 2050.

According to the CD&V, such an objective is disproportionate to the socio-economic fabric of Flanders and some neighbouring countries.

Minister Demir said she was still waiting for an impact assessment.

The third party in the Flemish government, the Open Vld, is also wary.

For the opposition Groen party, the Flemish government is denying reality. It should also consider the positive consequences of the Commission’s proposals, it said.

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