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There is an estimated 3.5 million contaminated soil sites within the EU (Soil Thematic Strategy)1. As outlined in the Sixth Environment Action Programme2, the already existing EU Framework Directives for Air3 and Water4 likely ought to be augmented with a Soil Directive. One urgent identified need to this end that is now expressed and one seeks to fill through the present FP7 call is more efficient and accurate methods for monitoring and characterization of contaminants in soils.
1 EU COM(2006)231 final
2 Decision No 1600/2002/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 July 2002 laying down the Sixth Community Environment Action Programme OJ .2002
3 europa.eu.int/comm/environment/air/ambient.htm
4 europa.eu.int/comm/environment/water/water-framework

The research has received funding from the European Community's Seventh.
Framework Programme FP7/(2009-2012) under grant agreement no 212781.