According to her, downtime has been avoided. “I tell the farmers that we finally have prospects. We have been locked down for three years and have not been able to grant permits, not even for agriculture.” Flanders was heading for a permit freeze, says Demir.
At the end of last year, the Flemish Parliament approved the long-awaited nitrogen decree, although major legal questions remain. Farmers’ organizations Boerenbond and ABS then announced that they would challenge the decree before the Constitutional Court.
Not a good idea, the minister warns. “If the Constitutional Court overturns this, it will not be to the advantage of farmers.” She emphasizes that the Council of State has advised to be even stricter than the nitrogen decree.
“And what the Council of State also says – also hallucinating – is that the 2 billion that we are releasing for the agricultural sector may be too much money. That is also stated in the advice.” The minister’s message to the farmers’ organizations: anyone who does go to the Constitutional Court risks returning home from a bare journey.