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During the last EIONET NRC Soil meeting (October 2015), one of the decided action points was the possible contribution of the EIONET NRC Soil members to the DG ENV (EU-wide) study to analyse soil legislation and policy instruments.  

In this study, as an input to its gap analysis, an attempt was meant to be made to make an inventory of existing soil monitoring systems/schemes in the EU. The DG ENV contractor has identified one or two surveys/schemes for some countries, but none for many other. The Commission asked the EU members of the EIONET NRC Soil network to contribute to that inventory exercise. It took the form of a questionnaire, which was kept as simple and user-friendly as possible. Focus was on identifying the main monitoring schemes within the country; the inventory was not meant to be exhaustive.

In this library you find background to the study: the presentation by DG ENV (J. Delsalle) of the study (during the EIONET NRC Soil meeting of October 2015) and a flyer prepared by DG ENV. The state of the project/study was presented at the second meeting of the “EU expert group on soil protection” on 26/04/2016 in Brussels.

The questionnaire + brief guidance was be prepared and sent out on 15 April 2016. The deadline for replies (that can be taken into account in the gap analysis of the study) was 15 May 2016. On 15 May, the deadline was extended to 15 June 2016. Replies that arrived after this date were still considered to be part of the overall documentation of the project, but not considered for the gap-analysis,

The following material for responding to the request on soil monitoring systems / schemes in EU countries was sent:

  • List_wiki_instruments_15032016.doc: highlighted are the monitoring schemes already identified by the DG Contractor;
  • the list of filled-in templates (corresponding to the highlighted schemes mentioned above)
  • Soil_wiki_monitoring_schemes_template.docx: the template to duly fill in; this template contains guidelines.

The template was kept as simple as possible. It was expected to receive one filled-in template per each newly identified monitoring scheme.

It was also possible to comment on one or more of the already identified schemes. 

After15 June 2016, the following state of affairs was comminicated by Marc Van Liedekerke to DG ENV, its contractor and EIONET NRC Soil:


Dear NRC Soil,

In relation to this exercise, I can inform you that: 

The following 22 EU countries contributed with filled-in forms or provided a satisfactory response:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • The Netherlands
  • UK

4 countries replied positively but actual contributions have not been made:

  • Ireland
  • Luxembourg
  • Denmark
  • Malta

No feedback at all was received from:

  • Greece

Sweden informed that it did not want to participate.

Also a response came from the following non-EU countries:

  • Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
  • Serbia
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey

For the EU MS: the factsheets will be uploaded to the Wiki MS pages. You can see them here: . You can log in to the wiki using a so-called ECAS password. Wiki is at the moment not restricted; the only thing you need is an ECAS password (if you don't have one yet, you can request it after clicking on the above link itself, I believe under 'lost password' or 'new password'.

Once all the factsheets have been uploaded to the Wiki, together with the other content in the Wiki, a gap analysis of instruments at EU and MS level will be carried out. The first draft of the gap analysis will be available by the end of September, and sent to the Expert Group for feedback and discussion then at the next Expert Group meeting in October.

The EIONET NRC Soil group and JRC have already been acknowledged at the Expert Group meeting in April, and will also be acknowledged also in the DG ENV reports and the Wiki. The contributions have been very much appreciated!

Concerning the response of the non-EU countries: DG ENV considered this information valuable but at this stage it is not going to be included in the wiki.


In the library you find:

  • a summary of the replies
  • a zipped file that contains all received input (templates/forms)
  • late contribution from Luxemburg (24/06/2016)

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Type Title Restrictions Owner Modification date and time File size Edit
ZIP All replies (templates/forms) - zipped Download Marc Van Liedekerke 28/06/2016, 18:13 6 MB
PDF Flyer on the DG ENV Study (prepared by DG ENV) Download Marc Van Liedekerke 28/06/2016, 17:39 108 KB
ZIP Late contribution from Luxembourg (24/06/2016) Download Marc Van Liedekerke 28/06/2016, 18:50 101 KB
DOC Monitoring schemes already identified by DG ENV Contractor Download Marc Van Liedekerke 28/06/2016, 17:43 108 KB
PDF Presentation DG ENV Study Download Marc Van Liedekerke 28/06/2016, 17:38 170 KB
XLSX Summary of replies Download Marc Van Liedekerke 28/06/2016, 18:11 24 KB
ZIP The list of filled-in templates (corresponding to the highlighted schemes mentioned above) Download Marc Van Liedekerke 28/06/2016, 17:44 215 KB
DOCX The template to duly fill in; this template contains guidelines. Download Marc Van Liedekerke 28/06/2016, 17:45 29 KB