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Negotiations on agricultural settlement will proceed for weeks: ‘If it is a marathon, we’re on a 3rd’ | Politics

The agricultural settlement will definitely take weeks to return. Even after a nightly go to by Prime Minister Rutte to the negotiators, there was no breakthrough on Thursday. “If it is a marathon, we’re on a 3rd.”

Hanneke Keultjes, Wouter Peer and Edwin Timmer

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When Mark Rutte turned up unannounced at Villa Ockenburgh in The Hague shortly after 1 a.m., there was a second of hope. May the prime minister pressure a breakthrough? However after virtually 24 hours of negotiations, everybody went dwelling drained on Thursday morning. The hoped-for interim settlement has not been reached.

From the mouths of a number of key gamers – LTO foreman Sjaak van der Tak, Minister Piet Adema (Agriculture, ChristenUnie), Prime Minister Rutte – it sounded unanimously within the morning mild that ‘necessary steps have been taken’, however that there’s additionally ‘quite a lot of work to be performed’. the shop is’.

For instance, there is no such thing as a settlement but on a variety of necessary factors, akin to cash for farmers concerned in agricultural nature and panorama administration, safety of farmers who wish to proceed, manure and land-bound. “For those who examine it to a marathon, we’re at a 3rd,” says one individual concerned.


The issues on which farmers’ organizations and the cupboard agree have been forwarded to the Netherlands Environmental Evaluation Company (PBL) for calculation. As well as, ‘mentioned variants’ have already been submitted to the PBL. For instance, it issues the utmost variety of cows per hectare, about which there’s nonetheless disagreement. These choices (extra or fewer cows) are additionally calculated to see with what quantity the targets are achieved.

Prime Minister Mark Rutte arrived at Villa Ockenburgh shortly after 1 a.m. and didn’t depart till it was already mild once more. © ANP/Jeroen Jumelet

For months, Minister Adema has been consulting with a lot of organizations such because the Agriculture and Horticulture Group (LTO), younger farmers united within the NAJK, the natural growers of Biohuis, but additionally representatives of provinces, conservationists and supermarkets. Inset: an settlement on a sustainable future for the agricultural sector within the Netherlands.

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The truth that an interim settlement was not possible on Wednesday would have been clear to the Ministry of Agriculture on Tuesday afternoon. There, the ‘main pursuits’ are talked about as a proof for the tough course of: it’s not solely about extra sustainable meals manufacturing within the Netherlands, but additionally about lowering nitrogen emissions, defending nature and water high quality and an answer for the so-called PAS- detectors. But additionally a couple of future by which farmers and market gardeners can earn a great dwelling.

Renegotiate 2030

The agricultural settlement can also be necessary for the federal government coalition. CDA chief Wopke Hoekstra needs to interrupt open the coalition settlement across the summer time, by which 2030 is talked about because the nitrogen deadline, he mentioned on the finish of March. However then the agricultural settlement, which he particularly talked about as one of many situations for beginning these renegotiations, have to be in place.

LTO foreman Sjaak van der Tak (left) and Roy Meijer of the NAJK (with glasses) are visible from a window in Villa Ockenburgh during the nightly consultations about the agricultural agreement.
LTO foreman Sjaak van der Tak (left) and Roy Meijer of the NAJK (with glasses) are seen from a window in Villa Ockenburgh in the course of the nightly consultations in regards to the agricultural settlement. © ANP

In accordance with these concerned, everyone seems to be keen to succeed in an settlement, additionally as a result of this may launch ‘some huge cash’, reportedly round 7 billion euros. However as a result of the settlement will quickly must be candy but additionally bitter, the negotiators may also have to have the ability to justify this to their supporters.

Workplace hours

“You then can’t come to an settlement inside workplace hours,” says a supply. In brief, it must be a bit tough. A session that continues all night time and a go to from the Prime Minister: it was actually tough, however we made probably the most of it.

Not that it is all only for present, quite the opposite. After getting back from Iceland, the place he was for a gathering of the Council of Europe, Rutte acquired a ‘sign’, says his spokesperson. “It could be useful if he joined the desk.” In accordance with sources, the prime minister needed to guarantee farmers’ organizations that Adema won’t be whistled again by the remainder of the cupboard. An insider: “Then it will be good if Rutte was additionally there for some time as prime minister.”

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