This controversial law has gone ahead, above all, with the support of the left

The European 'nature restoration' law that threatens the agricultural sector is approved: this is what each group and party voted for

In the midst of farmers' protests in several European countries, the European Parliament has dealt a new blow to the primary sector.

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Today the European Parliament has approved the so-called "nature restoration law". The approved text can be read here. One of the biggest controversies of this law refers to the fact that it requires the removal of barriers from rivers, so many reservoirs could be demolished in its application, with the consequent damage to the water supply and the agricultural sector that needs it so much.

Regarding the approval of this law, Vox Europa has noted: "By 54 votes we have not managed to overthrow the crazy nature restoration law, which will destroy our dams and take our production to Asia and Africa. But in the EPP [European People's Party ] 25 voted in favor, 27 did not vote and 10 abstained. It was so easy for us!"

This controversial law has come forward mainly due to the support of the left, but also due to the division in the European People's Party. The voting results can be consulted here (point 9). The law has been approved with 329 votes in favor, 275 against and 24 abstentions. This is what each parliamentary group has voted for (Non-Inscrits are not included in the list):

  • Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D): 117 in favor, 4 against, 3 abstentions.
  • European People's Party (EPP): 115 against, 25 in favor, 10 abstentions.
  • Renew Europe (RE): 60 in favor, 30 against, 6 abstentions.
  • The Greens/European Free Alliance (Verts / ALE): 69 in favor, 2 abstentions.
  • European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR): 61 against, 3 in favor, 1 abstention.
  • Identity and Democracy (ID): 50 against.
  • European United Left / Nordic Green Left (The Left): 29 in favor, 3 against.

On the other hand, this is what each Spanish party has voted for:

  • PSOE / PSC (S&D): 17 in favor, 1 against, 3 have not voted.
  • Partido Popular (PPE): 13 against.
  • Vox (ECR): 4 against.
  • Podemos (The Left): 3 in favor, 1 has not voted.
  • Izquierda Unida (The Left): 1 in favor.
  • Anticapitalistas (The Left): 1 in favor.
  • Ciudadanos (RE): 2 against, 2 abstentions.
  • Partido Nacionalista Vasco (RE): 1 against.
  • Javier Nart, independent (RE): 1 in favor.
  • Maite Pagazaurtundúa, independent (RE): 1 against.
  • Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya (Verts / ALE): 2 in favor.
  • Bloque Nacionalista Galego (Verts / ALE): 1 abstention.
  • Junts per Catalunya (NI): 1 in favor, 2 did not vote.

In June of this year there will be new European elections. Take good note of this to decide your vote.


Photo: European Parliament.

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