EU Environment Ministers: The Battle for Nature Restoration Regulation and the Importance of Trust in Decision-Making

The fate of the EU’s restoration regulation is uncertain as Hungary heads to the evening milking

EU Environment Ministers, including Finland’s Kai Mykkänen (kok), are expressing dissatisfaction with the recent developments surrounding the Nature Restoration Regulation. The regulation aims to improve the state of nature in various habitats across the European Union by 2030 and all ecosystems in need of restoration by 2050. However, Finland initially opposed the proposal last summer, but it narrowly passed the Council of Member States. Following tripartite negotiations, Finland abstained from voting in November.

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. He expressed disappointment in the current situation of last-minute surprises and called for transparency and operational reliability in the EU decision-making process.

The uncertainty surrounding the fate of the restoration regulation has prompted discussions among EU environment ministers, with Finland maintaining its consistent stance on the matter. The Finnish government is committed to preserving and restoring natural habitats while ensuring economic growth and sustainability.

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