For and against the law
An hour-long vote in which the right called for the rejection of the law: with 324 votes in favor and 312 against (12 abstentions), the EPP offensive was blocked. After a series of amendments and appeals, the final vote was "yes" and the law was passed. In favor were most of the MEPs, the environmental associations of Europe and the youth of the green movements, but also 6,000 European scientists, several academics and more than 1 million citizens who had signed for the "yes" vote to win. Also in the audience was activist Greta Thunberg, who demonstrated in support of the directive in Strasbourg yesterday. The European People's Party (EPP), on the other hand, together with the other right-wing parties in the Parliament, had opposed the law. In fact, EPP group leader Manfred Weber had called for the proposal to be reworked and presented differently.