• Sat. May 18th, 2024

EU Member States Show Support for Austria’s Proposal to Clarify Deforestation Regulation Guidelines and Postpone Implementation

BySamantha Jones

Mar 27, 2024
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Austria’s proposal for clearer instructions and more time to implement the deforestation regulation received support from Finland, as agriculture ministers of EU member states met in Brussels. Traffic disruptions occurred in Brussels due to a tractor march organized by agricultural producers. Finland’s Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Sari Essayah, represented the country at the Agriculture and Fisheries Council meeting.

The meeting covered topics such as the food market situation and Ukrainian foodstuffs’ access to the EU market. A preliminary agreement was reached to extend the import freedom of agricultural products from Ukraine for a year, with certain emergency measures in place. The European Parliament and the Council agreed on extending this import freedom.

Austria initiated a discussion to postpone the implementation of the EU deforestation regulation and clarify operational guidelines. This regulation aims to prevent purchased products in the EU from contributing to deforestation worldwide, covering products like soy, oil palm, coffee, and cattle. The lack of clear instructions on interpreting and implementing the regulation has led to uncertainty among member states.

The Council discussed finding solutions together and emphasized the importance of export earnings for Ukraine. There were calls to address challenges faced by cattle producers due to the deforestation decree’s implications. Finland supported Austria’s initiative to delay the regulation’s implementation to allow for more precise guidance from the EU Commission.

In addition, heads of state of EU member states discussed agricultural issues, urging for innovative solutions to ease administrative burdens on farmers. The European Council emphasized strengthening farmers’ positions in

By Samantha Jones

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