Timmermans and Van der Plas still discuss nitrogen in The Hague

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Timmermans and Van der Plas still discuss nitrogen in The Hague

European Commissioner Frans Timmermans is coming to The Hague to discuss with BBB leader Caroline van der Plas how the Dutch nitrogen problem can be solved. The climate man of the European Commission wanted to explain to the big winner of the elections in Brussels ‘what the European rules are’ about nitrogen. But Van der Plas has no time and would rather see Timmermans travel to The Hague.

European Commissioner Frans Timmermans is coming to The Hague to discuss with BBB leader Caroline van der Plas how the Dutch nitrogen problem can be solved. The climate man of the European Commission wanted to explain to the big winner of the elections in Brussels ‘what the European rules are’ about nitrogen. But Van der Plas has no time and would rather see Timmermans travel to The Hague. (EPA)

Timmermans, second in rank of the European Commission, thinks that’s fine too. Employees of the two are still discussing a good opportunity, says his spokesperson after reporting by the NOS. Possibly there is still some cold from the air about the teasing tone that Van der Plas thought he detected in Timmermans’ invitation.

Van der Plas ‘regularly said things about me through the media’, says Timmermans. “But I haven’t managed to speak to her yet.” According to him, this is important because the nitrogen problem urgently requires a solution and he is not yet clear on what exactly BBB wants. According to him, Van der Plas missed an earlier opportunity for MPs to consult with Timmermans.

Resistance wins

The BBB, with its opposition to the government’s nitrogen plans as a spearhead, won the provincial elections earlier this month. The newcomer became the largest in all provinces that have to implement the nitrogen policy, and therefore has a strong voice.

Many farmers feel cornered by European nature conservation rules, which the Netherlands initially complied with for many years. Cabinet plans to buy them out also threaten to run into European rules. EU countries are not allowed to simply give money to their own farmers and other entrepreneurs, because that is unfair to competitors in other member states.


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