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Experts say Latvia’s environment policy is lacking / Article
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Experts say Latvia’s environment policy is lacking / Article

“I have worked for a long time in nature conservation, and it always seemed that the European Union had a huge “brake” on all good things, but at the moment it looks like there was a voice of reason to the “big heads” that it could no longer continue,” Rotbergs said on the European Union’s green deal.

Ulme stated that there are some negative trends in Latvia. [Latvia]Fear of European penalties or the possibility for some forces to split European money. It is a major problem in protecting the environment. It seems as if there is no need for anything.

Rotbergs also supported this statement, noting that environmental protection in Latvia has declined over the past 30 years.

“Unfortunately, there is indeed a cover-up with Europe in our reasoning. Nature protection is not part of public policy, development,” said Rotbergs.

“If we remember there was eco-nationalism 30 years ago – let us not build the hydro-electric stations, we will safeguard Daugava. Interest groups have sprung up, and they are happy to profit at the expense or postpone society. [the work] to future generations, because all the pollution we create is a problem sent to someone else,” Rotbergs added.

Looking ahead to next year, however, there are positive aspects. “There are glimmers that offer hope, stepping stones that could lead to change. Ulme mentioned the example of the plastic strategy in Latvia with the deposit system. He also said that changes to environmental protection can bring interested communities and future generations to the fore.

Rotbergs added that the importance of environmental issues to society will also be seen in next year’s parliamentary elections.

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