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EU nature restoration laws face collapse as member states withdraw support

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🗞️ Driving the news: The EU's nature restoration laws, aimed at reversing decades of environmental damage, are facing collapse after eight member states, including Hungary and Italy, withdrew their support
• The vote, crucial for the legislation's adoption, was canceled as it became evident it would not secure the majority needed

🔭 The context: This development marks a significant setback for the EU's environmental efforts, particularly in light of its leadership at the Cop15 biodiversity summit
• The European environment commissioner highlighted the potential damage to the EU's global reputation and the stability of its decision-making process

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The laws intended to begin reversing biodiversity loss on 20% of the EU's land and waterways by the end of the decade, representing a critical step toward addressing urgent environmental challenges
• Their collapse would signify a major retreat from the bloc's green ambitions.

⏭️ What's next: With the European parliament elections approaching in June, finding a resolution seems challenging
• Belgium, holding the EU presidency, pledges to seek a way out of the deadlock, though significant changes to the bill would necessitate a difficult return to parliament for approval

💬 One quote: "It would be enormously irresponsible to drop the entire European green agenda," stated Spain’s environment minister, Teresa Ribera, emphasizing the importance of maintaining the EU's commitment to its environmental goals.

📈 One stat: The legislation's failure comes amid broader tensions, with farmers' protests across the EU putting pressure on policymakers to weaken green rules in the lead-up to the June elections.

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