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Soil Themes > Soil Contamination > Workshop November 2003 "Contaminated Lands in Accession Countries - Benchmarking historical heritage and national actions"

In response to concerns about the degradation of soils in the EU, the European Commission has outlined the first steps in a strategy to protect soils. This strategy is one of seven 'thematic strategies' foreseen under the EU's 6th Environment Action Programme. As a first step in the development of an encompassing EU policy to protect soils against erosion and pollution, the Commission has published a Communication "Towards a Thematic Strategy for Soil Protection". The next step is to draft a Directive on soil monitoring and a Communication on erosion, organic matter and contamination in soil. A Technical Working Group was established by Directorate General Environment to support these legislative actions. However, the representation of Accession and Candidate Countries experts in the Group is rather limited.

The JRC, IES launched the present initiative under the frame of the JRC Enlargement Scheme in order to support the development of this thematic strategy and its later implementation with a special focus on the EU Accession and Candidate Countries. The very first kick-off event was the workshop held on 17-18 November 2003 in Szentendre(Budapest), Hungary.

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European Commission - Joint Research Centre
Institute for Environment and Sustainability
Marc Van Liedekerke(tel. +39-0332-785179)
Panos Panagos (tel. +39-0332-785574)