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20 Dec. 2023

Soil Monitoring Law – Environment Council, 18 December 2023

EU Ministers held a policy debate on a proposal for the EU soil monitoring law. They welcomed the proposal and agreed with the importance of having joint legislative frame focused for soil. They exchanged views on how the proposed soil monitoring framework could help improve soil health within the foreseen timeframe and on the level of ambition in tackling soil contamination. For the public session follow the link to the comments of each EU Member State:

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EU Taxonomy – Environmental Delegated Act published in 24 EU languages

The EU taxonomy is a cornerstone of the EU’s sustainable finance framework and an important market transparency tool (read more HERE). By December 2023 the subsequent Environmental Delegated Act has been published (find the 24 EU language versions HERE). Through Art. 3 and in particular Annex III the regulation provides for technical screening criteria for determining the conditions under which economic activities qualify substantially to pollution prevention and control. Here two (out of six) selected economic activities directly relate to contaminated land management and getting addressed as

  • remediation of legally non-conforming landfills or illegal waste dumps (Annex III; Activity 2.3) and
  • remediation of contaminated sites and areas (Annex III; Activity 2.4)

The specific activity descriptions are process-oriented and detailed. Moreover, it is also recommendable to read out for the tables on technical screening criteria, introducing a risk-based approach in a comprehensive manner and terminology.

European Mission Soil Week 2023 – event material available

The European Mission Soil Week was held from 21 – 23 November 2023 with discussions on the challenges for making and keeping EU soils healthy. The presentations and recordings are now available under:

Event Material


NOVASOIL project highlights the benefits for the society and the environment from the investment in soil health and sustainable management. The main expected outcome is a toolbox for the analysis of suitability of different business cases that promote soil health taking into account among others the reuse of land.

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New documents on EUGRIS, the platform for European contaminated soil and water information:

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