About: soil

Climate change 12-07-2018

Soil ‘completely underestimated’ in EU climate strategy

While climate change takes a toll on agriculture and land use contributes to warming the planet, soils still find little attention from policymakers in their climate strategies.
Agrifood 13-09-2017

Third of Earth’s soil is acutely degraded due to agriculture

A third of the planet’s land is severely degraded and fertile soil is being lost at the rate of 24 billion tonnes a year, according to a new United Nations-backed study that calls for a shift away from destructively intensive agriculture. EURACTIV's media partner, The Guardian, reports.
Agrifood 20-01-2017

Organic farmers call for sustainability-driven CAP payments

The EU Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM EU) yesterday (19 January) sent a letter to EU Agriculture and Rural Development Commissioner Phil Hogan, calling for a “fundamentally new approach” to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
Trade & Society 16-07-2012

Bütikofer: ‘Industrial policy must be sustainable’

A new industrial policy strategy for Europe needs to be sustainable German Green MEP Reinhard Bütikofer says. New policy instruments such as a soil directive should be adopted, he argues.

Brussels to draw up ‘chemical map’ of EU land

The European Commission's in-house research body is currently analysing thousands of soil samples from across Europe to draw up a "chemical content map" of EU land.
Climate change 16-03-2010

Commission holds on to soil protection law

Amid resistance from EU ministers, Environment Commissioner Janez Poto?nik has defended an EU directive on soil by claiming that national policies are not delivering and land management increasingly affects cross-border issues like climate change, biodiversity and water pollution.

Commission forced to scale down soil law

Following years of negotiations, five EU member states still form a blocking minority on the European Commission's proposal for a directive on soil protection, leaving some to wonder whether the EU executive should reconsider its approach to addressing this environmental issue.
Agrifood 12-03-2009

Europe and global food security [Archived]

As the world's population approaches ten billion, issues like climate change, growing scarcity of oil and availability of quality land and water are challenging the planet's capacity to produce enough food for everyone - a paradigm shift that could potentially pave the way for a new global 'food crunch'.
Climate change 23-07-2008

Commission urges solution to soil degradation

Officials from various environmental departments and organisations are calling for stalled environmental legislation on the proposed Soil Directive to be put into law by March 2009.
Development Policy 13-06-2008

Commission hopes to revive blocked EU soil law

Soils are crucial for storing CO2 and must be protected as part of the fight against climate change, according to the Commission, which wants to breathe new life into a proposed framework directive on soil protection that was rejected by a small group of member states last December.
Climate change 21-12-2007

EU soil protection law blocked by UK, France and Germany

EU Environment ministers were unable to reach a political agreement on a controversial proposal for a soil framework directive yesterday (20 December) due to a small blocking minority led by three of the EU's largest member states. 
Climate change 15-11-2007

Parliament approves soil strategy despite calls for its dismissal

Overriding a motion by 225 MEPs who argued that there should be 'no rush' to legislate on soil protection, the Parliament has voted in favour of a proposed EU soil protection law that grants considerable flexibility to member states. 
Climate change 24-10-2007

Pesticides: Parliament tough on substances, more lenient on use

Parliament has voted to expand the scope of substances banned from use in EU pesticide production. But tough restrictions on the use of pesticides, as proposed by Green MEPs, were endorsed only partially.
Climate change 10-10-2007

MEPs approve contested soil strategy

Ahead of a November plenary vote, MEPs in the Parliament's Environment Committee voted on 9 October in favour of a Commission proposal that gives member states considerable room for manouevre on soil protection.
Climate change 14-09-2007

MEPs struggle to define approach to soil, air quality

In preparation for November plenary votes, the Parliament's Environment Committee debated proposals to improve EU soil and air quality on 11 September. MEPs' opinions differed considerably on acceptable air pollution levels and on the strictness of soil improvement rules.
Climate change 02-05-2007

EU states drag feet on environmental-liability law

As the deadline for transposition closed on 30 April 2007, Italy, Lithuania and Latvia were the only member states to have transposed the Environmental Liability Directive into national law. The Commission may consider legal action against the remaining countries.
Climate change 25-09-2006

Soil-protection strategy leaves choices to member states

On 22 September, Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas presented a Soil Framework Directive that leaves plenty of flexibility and time for member states to counter the increasing degradation of Europe's soils.
Climate change 29-07-2005

EU in debate over soil protection

The Commission is continuing with its series of internet consultations on future environmental policies with a debate on how to protect European soils from pollution.

Informal minister meeting supports EU soil policy

On 24-26 May, the EU environment ministers met for an informal discussion on European soil policy.
Climate change 22-04-2002

Commission proposal on preventing soil degradation

On 19 April, the European Commission published a Communication on a strategy for soil protection. This is a first step in the development of a fully-fledged EU policy on soil protection.