EU nature law needs to ‘go back to the drawing board,’ Belgian PM says

By Zia Weise | 04/02/2024 06:20 AM EDT

Belgium, which holds the Council of the EU presidency, is meant to act as an honest broker in talks.

The EU’s flagship nature law is “bad” and needs to be revised after the June European election, Belgium’s prime minister said.

The bloc’s Nature Restoration Law, which aims to rehabilitate 20 percent of the EU’s degraded land by 2030, is in limbo after a ministerial vote had to be postponed.

Belgium steers the talks on the legislation as the country currently holds the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU. This means the Belgian government is expected to act as an honest broker.


But in an interview with De Zondag, Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo said the bill “may sound good, but it is a bad law.”