EU lawmakers push for nature deal after biggest group walks out

BRUSSELS, June 1 (Reuters) - European Parliament lawmakers said they had reached a compromise deal on European Union plans to restore damaged natural ecosystems, even after the biggest group walked out of negotiations.
European People's Party (EPP) lawmakers quit the negotiations on Wednesday, saying its concerns about taking land from farming had not been addressed. But lawmakers from other political groups said on Thursday they had reached deal with enough support to pass a Parliament committee vote on June 15.
"Failure to pass this law would have dire consequences for food security, for the climate, for our economy, for the functioning of our ecosystems and for the biodiversity that sustains life on our planet," said Parliament's lead lawmaker on the nature proposal, Cesar Luena.
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