Today, the ENVI Committee continued to be split in its final vote on the draft report on the Nature Restoration Law. The 44-44 tie was identical to the vote on the 15th of June. As many damaging amendments passed through during the chaotic vote in the ENVI Committee on 15 June, today’s rejection of the ENVI report presents an opportunity to adopt a more consistent and ambitious text in plenary on 12 July.
After pushing back what WWF describe as a ” most threatening attack” orchestrated by the Leader of the EPP Group in the European Parliament, Manfred Weber, in the ENVI Committee, including substituting those group members refusing to follow the party’s line, MEPs have the opportunity to prove that they stand firmly behind the biodiversity pillar of the EU Green Deal in the upcoming Plenary. “The European Parliament must stay strong against the falsified pushbacks of the conservatives and take firm action to protect citizens from the devastating impacts of climate change and biodiversity loss,” say WWF.
“On 12 July, the European Parliament will not only decide on the fate of the Nature Restoration Law and the EU Green Deal but also send a signal to the world. Will MEPs listen to Member States, the messages of over 900,000 citizens, more than 3,300 scientists, and over 100 businesses and various stakeholders urging them to secure our future? Will the Parliament vote for action to protect its citizens from the impacts of climate change? All eyes are on the plenary now for the answer to these crucial questions,” said Sabien Leemans, Senior Biodiversity Policy Officer at WWF European Policy Office.