Soil health is crucial for achieving key objectives of the European Green Deal such as climate neutrality, biodiversity restoration, zero pollution, healthy and sustainable food systems and a resilient environment. An online public consultation is now open to collect opinions and ideas that will help inform the development of a possible EU Soil Health Law.
The EU Soil Strategy for 2030 proposes a comprehensive legal framework for soil protection in the EU. This could grant soil the same level of protection that exists for water, the marine environment and air. Sustainable soil management and restoration requires the involvement of a wide range of economic and societal stakeholders. The Commission invites all stakeholders to contribute to the consultation which will remain open for until 24 October 2022.