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Knife-edge support for Nature Restoration Law, ahead of crucial Council meeting on Monday morning

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🗞️ Driving the news: Austrian Environment Minister Leonore Gewessler announced her government's support for the EU’s Nature Restoration Law, which is up for a crucial vote at the Environmental Council meeting on June 17
• This shift increases the likelihood of the law's approval

🔭 The context: Austria's reversal means the law now has support from countries representing 64.86% of the EU’s population, just shy of the 65% needed for approval
• The law's approval hinges on Slovakia's decision, as other countries like Italy, Sweden, Finland, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia have previously opposed it

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The Law aims to reverse environmental degradation across the EU, promoting biodiversity and ecosystem health, which are vital for climate resilience and sustainability

⏭️ What's next: The Environmental Ministers' meeting in Luxembourg will discuss the law, and if the discussion is favorable, the Belgian Presidency of the Council may put it to a vote
• The outcome depends on Slovakia's stance

💬 One quote: "When I take my nieces for a walk in 20 or 30 years' time, I want to show them the beauty of this country," said Austrian Environment Minister Leonore Gewessler

📈 One stat: The law needs support from countries representing at least 65% of the EU's population to be approved; it currently has 64.86

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