LULUCF:Outcome of the European Parliament’s first reading

On 16 April, the Plenary session of the EU Parliament voted and adopted with 574 votes to 79 and 32 abstentions the Proposal for a “Regulation on the inclusion of greenhouse gas emissions and removals from land use, land use change and forestry into the 2030 climate and energy framework and amending Regulation No 525/2013 of the European Parliament and the Council on a mechanism for monitoring and reporting greenhouse gas emissions and other information relevant to climate change”.

The voted document reflects the compromised text as agreed on occasion of the interinstitutional negotiations (A provisional agreement was reached in the third trilogue meeting on 14 December 2017. Then the agreed text was approved by the Coreper on 17 January 2018 and by the ENVI Committee on 24 January).

The Honourable Member of the EU Parliament and leading Rapporteur, Mr Norbert Lins (EPP, DE) gave the following statement “Parliament has worked to strike a balance between flexibility and comparable accounting rules for the 28 Member States. I am convinced that we have succeeded in strengthening the bioeconomy – wood for house building, furniture and bioenergy (…) With this legislation we are sending out a signal: we want our forests in Europe to continue to be managed sustainably. We want to continue to maintain strong forestry in Europe.”

The text need Council´s formal approval before entering into force.

Copy of the text adopted by the EU Parliament is available HERE

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