‘BBB will also have to take difficult measures’

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‘BBB will also have to take difficult measures’

The cabinet will have to take the BoerBurgerBeweging into account in the coming years. Nevertheless, the BBB also faces a number of difficult decisions, says Jan Willem Erisman, Professor of Environment and Sustainability at Leiden University.

The cabinet will have to take the BoerBurgerBeweging into account. Nevertheless, difficult decisions await the BBB as well. (ANP / ANP)

‘These obligations are just there’

Willem Erisman, professor

The victory of the BoerBurgerBeweging is largely due to the nitrogen problem in the Netherlands. According to Erisman, who is also chairman of the Scientific Climate Council (WKR), the cabinet will have to accommodate the BBB in this. However, the policy made stems from European directives. ‚ÄúThese obligations are there. If you want to issue permits for housing, economic activity or agriculture, then the nitrogen has to be reduced.’

Little space

However, there is room for negotiation, Erisman thinks. “Not very much, but there’s room.” According to the professor, this mainly concerns the way in which the nitrogen can be reduced. For example, there is room for negotiation when it comes to the year 2030. According to the recommendations of the European Commission, emissions must be reduced by fifty percent in that year, but that can be discussed. ‘And you have to think about the purchase arrangements. But we have to do something’, there’s no other way.’

Annoying measures

And that means that the BBB must also take annoying measures, says Erisman. The only question is what they will bet on. Will it be forced buy-out or innovative measures? I’m also curious about the plans.’ The party says that the 2030 deadline is not feasible and they are also not in favor of forced buyouts. ‘But what then? That will be exciting in the near future.’

The signal of these elections, according to Erisman, is that more consideration should be given to the people. ‘Not only farmers, but also nurses. This means that everyone must be consulted about how they can cooperate to achieve the goals. It’s not that the farmers don’t want to, it’s rather that they have no economic prospects.’ To take the necessary steps it is necessary to talk to the farmers about what they can do. ‘That’s the way to get started in the provinces.’


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