Report on the implementation of the Soil Thematic Strategy and ongoing activities
Some five years after the adoption of the Soil Thematic Strategy, on 13 February 2012 the European Commission published a policy report on the implementation of the Strategy and ongoing activities (COM(2012) 46).
The report provides an overview of the actions undertaken by the European Commission to implement the four pillars of the Strategy, namely awareness raising, research, integration, and legislation. It underlines that at the March 2010 Environment Council a minority of Member States blocked further progress on the proposed Soil Framework Directive and that the proposal remains on the Council’s table. It also presents current soil degradation trends both in Europe and globally, as well as future challenges to ensure protection. aking and assessment, as well as citizen participation.