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MEPs vote to approve controversial Nature Restoration Law

Jul 12, 2023 13:42 By Shannonside News
MEPs vote to approve controversial Nature Restoration Law
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MEP Maria Walsh says she like many others believe that while the proposal still has major flaws, it couldn't be rejected outright.

MEPs have voted to approve the controversial Nature Restoration Law in a very tight ballot in Strasbourg.

The proposals have caused bitter rows among reps - with some accusing others of "fake news" and fear-mongering over it.

The initiative aims to restore the EU's natural eco-systems and habitats, most of which are in poor health.

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The EU's Environment Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevicius says this law is badly needed to save Europe's nature.

Midlands North West MEP Maria Walsh explained earlier why she would be be voting against the proposal from the European Peoples Party today to reject the Nature Restoration Law.

Fine Gael are members of the EPP grouping in the parliament but Maria Walsh says she believes the way forward was to vote in the proper amendments including funding for farmers.

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Speaking on the Joe Finnegan show this morning Maria Walsh says she like many others believe that while the proposal still has major flaws, it couldn't be rejected outright.

"The next piece of text on the line will be to vote the Council text, which has been proposed and agree on by our own government and multiple other EU governments, and then we will move to amendments. We call for and vote on additional funding, which I will definitely be calling for, clear implementation phases so that our farmers, farm families, and rural communities have a clear pathway and strategy as to what's happening with this law. If I follow the EPP group, unfortunately, we will never see any of that".

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