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NOS Nieuws•vandaag, 17:54
Various sources report that the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Nitrogen is already thinking about future nitrogen policy after BBB’s huge election victory. Consideration is being given to building in a pause for reflection, but a gesture will also have to be made quickly towards BBB.
This is to enable coalition formation with the party in the provinces, insiders say to NOS. But politically, this race in the coalition is far from over.
Releasing the year 2030 in which nitrogen emissions must be halved is an option. It is also considered possible that all forced measures, such as the forced buy-out of farmers, will be postponed.
An important point is that the new nitrogen law, which is currently still being worked on, must hold up in court. Greenpeace and Mobilization for the Environment, among others, are preparing lawsuits.
The idea is that it will soon become apparent that Minister Van der Wal is right in her statement that nitrogen policy cannot simply be relaxed given the agreements in the EU. Party leader Van der Plas called that “complete bullshit”. So whether the guidelines for BBB are sufficient is the question.
Political reporter Xander van der Wulp:
It was to be expected that the cabinet will look for a solution to work out a solution with BBB in the provinces. In any case, VVD and CDA are prepared to negotiate on this. But it remains to be seen how this will play out in the coalition talks.
Because the solution is sought in postponing coercive measures and the year 2030 can turn out explosively. As a coalition partner, D66 in particular attaches great importance to these points. This party has heard today that these two points are not in the coalition agreement for nothing, especially to secure the construction of homes.
Politically, the nitrogen dossier is under extreme pressure. VVD minister Van der Wal has a hard time defending the nitrogen policy proposed by the cabinet. Coalition parties VVD, CDA and CU have already somewhat withdrawn their signature from the 2030 target.
Agriculture minister Adema of the CU also has to conclude an agricultural agreement with the agricultural sector under these difficult circumstances. It is expected that BBB’s huge election victory will in any case cause a delay in the process.