Boerenbond, together with Copa and Cogeca, will bring a clear message to Brussels on Thursday 1 June, Place du Luxembourg in front of the European Parliament: the European Nature Restoration Act leaves little space for agriculture, forestry and horticulture in Europe’s future in its current form!
Boerenbond and Copa and Cogeca have always welcomed the goal of the improvement and protection of our nature and biodiversity in Europe; however it is clear from the developments in the European Parliament that the proposal will remove food production from vast swathes of European land, remove the function of already endangered rural communities, and leave many producers without a decent living.
The provisions in this law will clearly limit the availability of and increase the price of agricultural land and the granting of permits in Flanders and the rest of Europe. With non-deterioration rules outside Nature2000 areas; non-fulfilment provisions lacking coherency and practicality; a lack of coherent and dedicated funding for restoration; and exaggerated and unrealistic time-based targets; we are clear that this law is impractical, and Member States destined to fall at the first hurdle with regard to fulfilment. It is time we turn this back and make sure agriculture has a place in Europe.
The press is welcome on Thursday 1 June at 9.30am at Place du Luxembourg in Brussels. A delegation of farmers from several European countries will be present, together with their representatives from Farmers’ Unions and Copa-Cogeca. With a visually strong message, it will be made clear that the Nature Restoration Law could push agriculture out of the European picture.
– 9.30am: MEPs endorse their support for the action
– 10am: speeches by representatives of farming organisations.
– The end of this action is scheduled around 11am.
Artigo publicado originalmente em Copa Cogeca.
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