MEPs opt for compromise on EU soil directive

Environment committee retains main elements of commission proposal following EU soil directive vote

The European parliament's environment committee voted against a major weakening of proposals for an EU directive on soil protection on Tuesday. The committee rejected several amendments from centre-right rapporteur Cristina Gutiérrez-Cortines which would have watered down the proposals significantly (EED 13/09/07).

Adopting a series of compromise amendments, MEPs retained an obligation on member states to establish risk reduction targets for priority soil degradation areas. They also kept a requirement for EU countries to establish public inventories of sites where soil contamination has been confirmed. The committee also added biodiversity loss, acidification and adverse effects due to climate change to a list of degradation processes that should be monitored.

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