Germany's environment agency has created an expert commission
to advise on future soil protection policies.
The move was designed to raise public consciousness of the necessity
for soil protection, it said in a statement.
It will also increase pressure on the European Commission,
which is due to publish a draft EU soil strategy by next June.
The agency has already gone public with a call for the EU strategy to
usher in new stringent and legally binding European soil protection
See press release (german only).