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Deforestation regulation in the EU creates investment freeze – Sari Essayah

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Mar 26, 2024

Finland supported Austria’s proposal to delay the implementation of the EU deforestation regulation in order to provide clearer guidelines and more time for compliance. This issue was discussed at a meeting of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council in Brussels, which was attended by Finland’s Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Sari Essayah.

The meeting was marked by widespread farmers’ protests, with traffic in Brussels disrupted by a tractor march organized by agricultural producers. The ministers discussed various topics, including the food market situation and the access of Ukrainian foodstuffs to the EU market. An agreement was reached to extend import freedom for agricultural products from Ukraine for a year, with some restrictions on certain products.

One of the main points of discussion was the Deforestation Regulation, which aims to prevent products consumed in the EU from contributing to deforestation. The regulation covers a range of products, including soy, oil palm, coffee, cocoa, rubber, cattle, and wood. There was uncertainty among member states about how to interpret and implement the regulation, leading to a call for clearer instructions from the EU Commission.

Finland joined Austria’s initiative to postpone the regulation’s implementation and clarify operational guidelines. This was seen as a necessary step to alleviate the challenges faced by agricultural producers in complying with the regulation. The European Council also discussed ways to ease the administrative burden on farmers and strengthen their position in the food chain.

Overall, there was a call for innovative solutions to address the challenges faced by the agricultural sector. Simplifying regulations and ensuring fair income distribution in the food chain were highlighted as key areas of focus. The need for ongoing dialogue and collaboration among member states and the EU Commission was emphasized to address these issues effectively.

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