The Netherlands does not yet support EU law against air pollution from livestock farming

In principle, the Netherlands is positive about the European proposal to limit environmental pollution from livestock farming. The Netherlands also believes that ammonia and methane emissions should be reduced. But Minister Piet Adema first wants his own consequences study and therefore does not agree with it yet.

Adema is currently commissioning research into the possible consequences of the new European RIE environmental standards for Dutch livestock and dairy farming. That is why he abstained from approval or rejection in Brussels on Monday, and Environment Commissioner Vinkevicius does not yet know where he stands. 

Due to the expansion of European environmental laws, more pig and poultry farms will soon fall under the so-called Industrial Emissions Directive (RIE). The European Commission emphasized that the damage is not too bad. Moreover, the new scheme does not have to be introduced until 2029. And national subsidies can be booked for this in the new agricultural policy.

The current guideline covers approximately 4% of the pig and poultry farms in the EU. It will soon include 13% from the largest cattle, pig and poultry farms, which are jointly responsible for 60% of ammonia and 43% of methane emissions.

The EU countries again insisted that the administration and accounting for the relevant agricultural companies should be kept to a minimum. In the Agriculture Committee of the European Parliament, there is a lot of opposition to the name of the new RIE scheme. They believe that the terminology 'industrial' does not apply to animal and livestock farming.