Finland’s Environment Minister Voices Concerns Over EU Nature Restoration Regulation Amidst Uncertainty and Lack of Transparency

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

EU Environment Minister Kai Mykkänen (kok) has expressed dissatisfaction with the recent developments surrounding the Nature Restoration Regulation in the European Union. Despite Finland’s initial opposition to the proposal last summer, it narrowly passed the Council of Member States. However, recent changes in Hungary’s stance on the regulation have put its approval in jeopardy.

Finland abstained from voting during tripartite negotiations that added various flexibilities to the regulation. However, Mykkänen has raised concerns about the interpretation of the impairment ban, particularly regarding forestry limitations and obligations to restore widely occurring habitat types. He 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, with Finland maintaining its consistent stance on the matter. Mykkänen highlighted the need for transparency and operational reliability in the EU decision-making process, expressing disappointment in the current situation of last-minute surprises.

The Nature Restoration Regulation aimed to introduce binding obligations to improve the state of nature in various habitats across Europe by 2030 and all ecosystems in need of restoration by 2050. This would include marshes, wetlands, meadows, waterways, forests, agricultural environments, and cities.

In conclusion, Mykkänen’s dissatisfaction with recent developments surrounding the Nature Restoration Regulation highlights ongoing concerns about trust and reliability within EU decision-making processes. As such, it is important for these issues to be addressed in order to ensure effective implementation of environmental regulations and protection efforts across Europe.

EU Environment Minister Kai Mykkänen (kok) has expressed dissatisfaction with the recent developments surrounding the Nature Restoration Regulation in the European Union. Despite Finland’s initial opposition to the proposal last summer, it narrowly passed the Council of Member States. However, recent changes in Hungary’s stance on the regulation have put its approval in jeopardy. Finland…

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