Vote marks the second last step before the EU regulation comes into force
The Environment Committee of the European Parliament today voted by 53 votes in favour to 28 against to support the agreement reached between the European institutions over the Nature Restoration Law. This marks the penultimate step before the legislation, which aims to restore 20% of the EU's damaged ecosystems on land and sea by 2030, becomes law.
Speaking from the Environment Committee directly after the vote, MEP Grace O'Sullivan said "Following some gruelling negotiations and a targeted campaign by conservative MEPs to block all climate and nature legislation recently, this is great news that the Committee has approved the agreement on Nature Restoration. We expect the final vote by the whole parliament, likely to come in the New Year, will be much tighter but this is a good sign. Ireland with the Greens in government has already pressed ahead with a dedicated fund for nature, so I look forward to seeing the first Nature Restoration programmes get off the ground in the coming months, supported by this EU legislation."