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Soil

The decision-making process

The Soil Thematic Strategy takes the form of a Communication from the Commission to the Council, the European Parliament, the European Economic and Social Committee, and the Committee of the Regions. All these Institutions can give their opinion on the Strategy, which is not a legislative proposal and is therefore not subject to a formal process of adoption.

The situation to date is as follows:

  • The Committee of the Regions has adopted its opinion on 13 February 2007 (Rapporteur: Mr Cor Lamers)
  • The European Parliament has adopted its resolution on 13 November 2007 (Rapporteur: Mr Vittorio Prodi)

The texts of the above-mentioned documents are available in all official languages in the Pre-Lex database.

The proposal for a Soil Framework Directive is subject to the co-decision procedure in accordance with Article 251 of the EC Treaty. This means that both the European Parliament and the Council have to agree on a common text on the basis of a proposal from the Commission and taking into account the opinions of the Committee of the Regions and the European Economic and Social Committee.

The situation to date is as follows:

  • The Committee of the Regions has adopted its opinion on 13 February 2007 (Rapporteur: Mr Cor Lamers)
  • The European Economic and Social Committee has adopted its opinion on 25 April 2007 (Rapporteur Mr Staffan Nilsson)
  • The European Parliament has adopted its first reading opinion on 13 November 2007 (Rapporteur: Mrs Cristina Gutiérrez-Cortines)

The texts of the above-mentioned documents are available in all official languages in the Pre-Lex database.

Latest developments

Despite the efforts of several Presidencies, the Council has so far been unable to reach a qualified majority on this legislative proposal due to the opposition of a number of Member States constituting a blocking minority. The latest discussions during the Spanish Presidency (first half of 2010) have not changed this situation.

Council documents relative to the file are available here.

On 13 February 2012 the Commission adopted a report on the implementation of the Soil Thematic Strategy.