On July 15, 2006 13 countries (Belgium, Hungary, Germany, Spain, Greece, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Estland, Italy, Cyprus, Poland, Luxemburg
and Portugal) sent a letter to EU commissioner Stavros Dimas, in which they ask the EU to speed up the process for the Soil Thematic Strategy.
They also ask for a legally binding instrument on Soil Protection.
Because of the latter, the Netherlands (and possible some other countries as well) didnīt sign the letter as they have a good legal Soil Protection
system in place. Other countries consider a European Soil Policy with legal instruments as a step forward. There is no official EU reaction yet to this
A copy of the letter, signed by the 13 countries, can be downloaded via
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