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Countries must create greenspaces by 2050, according to new EU law

Some member states oppose new law, citing threat to farming and livelihoods


The European Union has approved a new law aimed at restoring nature across its member countries, according to a report by Kathimerini's Alexandra Voudouri. This legislation mandates that at least 20% of Europe's land and seas, including forests, oceans, rivers, and urban green spaces, must be revitalized by 2050. Each country now has to create detailed plans on how they will achieve this and track their progress closely.

During the vote, Belgium abstained, while Italy, Hungary, Sweden, and Finland opposed the law. Concerns were raised about its potential impact on farmers and other industries.

The primary goal of this law is to protect wildlife and ensure the health of our environment. Advocates believe it's crucial not only for preserving biodiversity but also for fulfilling international environmental commitments.

The next steps involve member states developing comprehensive strategies to meet the restoration targets and using specific measures to monitor their efforts. The law will soon be officially published and enforced throughout the EU. By 2033, there will be a review to assess its impact on agriculture, fisheries, forestry, and the broader economy. Adjustments may be made to balance nature conservation with economic needs.


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