EU biodiversity targets will not be met without a Directive on soil, Commission representative told the European Parliament's Environment Committee during
discussions on biodiversity held on 21 June 2010. This indicates the ongoing interest in the Commission for a Soils Directive., confirmed earlier in June by
the Head of the Commission's Environment Directorate Mr Falkenberg . A blocking minority (Germany, France, Austria, the Netherlands and the UK) in the Council
are opposed to the adoption of the proposal for a Directive on Soil Protection and have not changed their position. The Commission and the Belgian Presidency
will attempt to continue negotiations with a view to achieving a political agreement during 2010 possibly through the presentation of a new compromise proposal.