Nature Restoration Law: European Parliament Environment Committee to vote on their final approval Nov. 27

Nature Restoration Law: European Parliament Environment Committee to vote on their final approval Nov. 27

This Wednesday, 29th November, Members of the European Parliament’s Environmental (ENVI) Committee are set to vote on their final approval for the Nature Restoration Law, on which an agreement was reached earlier this month between the EU Commission, Council and Parliament.

The vote will show how committed the Parliament is to tackling the climate and biodiversity emergencies, and delivering on the EU Green Deal.

A law riddled with compromises

The trilogue negotiations resulted in many significant compromises and concessions to accommodate all parties involved, with the expectation of gaining support even from the most conservative factions.

“Several main components of the law were further diluted, compared to the Council’s and Commission’s positions, to find common ground with Parliament’s significantly weaker stand. In the end, the eagerly-awaited deal was struck.

Given the massive support for the law across different sectors [1] and the undeniable urgency to tackle the accelerating biodiversity and climate crises, it should be a rubber stamp vote for the ENVI Committee of the European Parliament.

Member States want to restore nature

EU countries, who will be in charge of implementing the law, endorsed the provisional agreement once again on 22nd November in yet another strong signal that the Nature Restoration Law is vital for Europe and its citizens, and that Member States view it as a key tool to mitigate and adapt to climate change, safeguard the economy and ensure long-term food security.

Besides being a crucial tool for EU countries to implement the Global Biodiversity Framework, large-scale nature restoration will bring them immense climate, economic and health benefits.

Protect the economy, warn businesses

As the European Central Bank highlighted, three million companies in the Euro area are highly dependent on at least one ecosystem service.

Further deterioration of nature will severely threaten the European economy and business operations, as healthy and resilient ecosystems are critical for the industry.

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