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  • July 17, 2023
  • EEB

EEB | New Soil Law offers glimmer of hope for EU soils but lacks teeth

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Today, the European Commission adopted its long-anticipated food and biodiversity package of legislative measures aimed to strengthen the resilience of EU food systems and farming, including a legislative proposal for a Directive on Soil Monitoring and Resilience (or in short, the Soil Monitoring Law).  

The package is introduced by a Communication on the Sustainable Use of Natural Resources that establishes a link between the proposed Soil Law and earlier proposals on the Nature Restoration Regulation, both underpinning the nature pillar of the European Green Deal. These proposals are closely linked to each other and to the need for climate action: healthy soils absorb more carbon, retain more water and protect from droughts. 



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