Nitrate dispute: EU Commission accepts BMEL proposal

In the dispute between Germany and the EU Commission over the implementation of the Nitrates Directive, which has been going on for years, the parties have come closer to an agreement. The Brussels authority has apparently agreed to a proposal by the Ministry of Agriculture (BMEL) to significantly expand the so-called red areas, according to the BMEL. These are agricultural areas where nitrate pollution in the groundwater is particularly high and where 20 percent less fertilizer may therefore be applied.

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