Soil directive thrown out

First published in Rural Focus by

THE European Commission has finally withdrawn its proposal for a Soil Framework Directive.

The draft directive was first published in 2006 but has remained on hold since the end of 2007, when a coalition made up of the UK, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Austria blocked its progress at a meeting of the EU Environment Council.

The news has been welcomed by the National Farmers’ Union.

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