ANPFarmers protested against the policy of the Flemish government last week
NOS Nieuws•vandaag, 16:04
The Flemish government has finally agreed on the nitrogen dossier. According to Prime Minister Jan Jambon, the parties have yet reached an agreement on a final settlement.
The lack of an agreement threatened a government crisis this week. Government parties N-VA, Open VLD and CD&V have failed to reach consensus on nitrogen emissions in recent days. CD&V did not agree with the proposal of the other parties. The Christian Democrats felt that nitrogen emissions from industry and agriculture were not treated equally enough. The party believed that it was the Flemish N-VA Prime Minister Jambon’s turn to find a solution.
According to the Flemish broadcaster VRT, there is now a compromise Earlier in the day, several proposals were put on the table by the ministers in Flanders. The compromise seems to be about the unequal permit thresholds for industry and agricultural companies, but also about extra emission rights for other companies in the area if an agricultural company closes and therefore no longer emits nitrogen.
Just like in the Netherlands, nitrogen emissions in Flanders must be reduced. Last week, more than 2000 Flemish farmers went to Brussels to protest against the nitrogen policy of the Flemish government.
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