Controversial restructuring regulation underway – what it means for Finland

According to information from Helsing’s Sanomat, the restructuring decree will be passed when the Environment Council, made up of ministers from the Union member states, meets on Monday.

The purpose of the restoration regulation is to improve the state of degraded nature in forest and wetland areas in the EU region. Mathias Honkama

According to current information, EU member states are in the process of approving the controversial restructuring regulation. He says about it Helsing’s Sanomat newspaper Relying on diplomatic sources.

According to information from HS, the restoration decree to support biodiversity will be approved on Monday, when the Environment Council, comprising ministers of the Union member states, will meet.

Austria, which previously opposed the law, has now announced its support for the law. Assuming the rest of the country votes as they have in the past, this would have enough of a majority to pass the law.

In March, adoption of the restructuring regulation was halted by one member state, when Hungary unexpectedly announced it was withdrawing its support from the regulation.

Finland did not support it

Finland does not support restructuring regulation. Opposition to the restructuring regulation cites the fact that the EU interferes too much in Finland’s forest policy. The cost of regulations has also gone up.

Defenders of the regulation, on the other hand, see it as concerning the Union’s general climate and environmental policy.

According to the opposition sitting government and the centre, Finland should vote against the regulation. Other opposition parties, the SDP, the Left Alliance and the Greens, on the other hand, criticized Finland’s tendency to oppose the mandate.

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This is what it means for Finland

The goal of the Restoration Regulation is the long-term recovery of damaged nature in the EU’s land and sea areas and the achievement of the EU’s climate and biodiversity targets. Its aim is to improve the condition of fragile nature in forests and wetlands.

The European Commission published its plan for the recovery of nature in June 2022. In the original plan, the Commission estimated that annual regulatory costs for Finland would have been EUR 931 million. However, the plan was modified, and according to recent estimates, the costs to Finland are 700 million euros per year.

The restoration regulation will oblige the Union’s member states to restore 30 percent of degraded land and marine nature to good condition by 2030.

Luke estimates in 2022, for Finland it will restore 1.2 million hectares by 2030. According to the same estimate, by 2050 restoration activities will be carried out on about 3.6 million hectares.

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