Timmermans invites Van der Plas for nitrogen consultation

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Timmermans invites Van der Plas for nitrogen consultation

European Commissioner Frans Timmermans is ‘happy’ to talk to BBB leader Caroline van der Plas about a solution to the nitrogen crisis. ‘She is most welcome. I am very happy to receive it, says the climate man of the European Commission.

European Commissioner Frans Timmermans is ‘happy’ to talk to BBB leader Caroline van der Plas about a solution to the nitrogen crisis. ‘She is most welcome. I am very happy to receive it, says the climate man of the European Commission. (EPA)

As a newcomer, Van der Plas won the provincial elections last week, partly because of her opposition to the cabinet’s nitrogen plans. Her BBB became the largest in all provinces that have to implement the nitrogen policy, and therefore has a strong voice there. After consultation with Prime Minister Mark Rutte, Van der Plas also suggested a visit to the committee, which monitors EU rules that apply, for example, to buying out farmers.

With pleasure

Timmermans is happy to explain the European rules to the BBB leader, he says. But he insists that the Netherlands must then make choices itself, for example whether farmers should be able to choose whether to allow themselves to be bought out or whether they can be forced to do so. “That’s not up to us.”

Reports from the NOS and Follow the Money about advice from Brussels on buy-out aroused outrage earlier in the day. But Timmermans does not care. According to him, the committee does not express preferences, but would only explain the advantages and disadvantages of various options.


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