Soil degradation is accelerating across the EU, so to ensure that Europe5;s soils remain healthy and capable of supporting human activities and ecosystems, the European Commission has proposed a concerted strategy. To reverse negative trends, Brussels sets out a common EU framework for action to preserve, protect and restore soil, while leaving Member States flexibility to implement it in a way which fits local situations best.
They must take action to tackle threats such as landslides, contamination, erosion, the loss of organic matter, compaction, salinisation and sealing wherever they occur, or threaten to occur, on their territories.
Different EU policies already contribute to soil protection but no coherent policy exists. Only nine Member States have specific legislation on soil protection. The Framework Directive sets out common principles, objectives and actions.