EU soil law still blocked

March 16, 2010

At their Council meeting yesterday, EU Environment Ministers failed again to agree on the need for EU legislation on soil.  Opposition from six national governments means that the European Commission’s 2006 proposal for a first-ever EU Soil Directive is currently blocked in Council.

Some observers suggest that one of the “blocking minority”, France, may be considering lifting its objections. If it does, this will open the way for the new EU Soil Directive to be adopted.  The new European Commissioner for environment policy, Janez Potočnik, is seeking to make progress on this proposal.

Last Friday, the European Commission published a new report on ‘Soil biodiversity: functions, threats and tools for policy makers‘.

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