Belgium's EU Presidency: Navigating Challenges and Charting a Green Path Forward
Belgium assumes the rotating 6-month Presidency of the EU Council from January 1, 2024, with a crucial role in overseeing the upcoming EU elections and finalizing the Green Deal before the elections. The country faces challenges inherited from the Spanish Presidency, marked by far-right ideologies and intense lobbying that undermined the Green Deal.
The Nature Restoration Law and Packaging regulations suffered setbacks due to aggressive lobbying. Belgium aims to address these issues before the March deadline, showing leadership on climate, biodiversity, and pollution crises.
The Presidency plans to focus on circular economy, climate resilience, and a just transition, with key legislative areas including air quality, sustainable mobility, and biodiversity. Despite challenges, the EEB welcomes Belgium's commitment to these priorities and sees an opportunity for transformative action during its presidency.
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