Finland’s Environment Minister Slams Late-Stage Surprises in EU Nature Restoration Regulation: Calls for Greater Transparency and Trust

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

Environment Minister Kai Mykkänen has expressed dissatisfaction with the surprises that have arisen in the final stages of the legislative process, particularly concerning the Nature Restoration Regulation in the European Union. The regulation aimed to introduce binding obligations to improve the state of nature in various habitats, covering a significant portion of the EU’s land and sea areas by 2030 and all ecosystems in need of restoration by 2050.

Despite initial opposition from Finland last summer, which narrowly passed the Council of Member States, recent developments have seen Hungary change its stance on the regulation, jeopardizing its approval. This has prompted discussions among EU environment ministers, with Finland maintaining its consistent stance on the matter.

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. Mykkänen emphasized that trust in EU decision-making processes should be upheld, especially after reaching a trilogy agreement.

However, recent developments have prompted discussions among EU environment ministers. 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.

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