The EU needs to adopt a consistent and coherent policy framework for soil quality to make the existing incentives and measures more effective and ultimately achieve the goals of the European Green Deal.
The European Union decided to address soil quality with two policy instruments: The Common Agricultural Policy and the EU Updated Thematic Strategy on Soil. While it is too early to analyse and evaluate the soil strategy because the European Commission did not adopt it yet, more details are already available for the new Common Agricultural Policy that should start in 2023.
Through this short policy brief, the European Compost Network analysed the main objectives of the Common Agricultural Policy and how regular application of quality compost and digestate can enable the attainment of those objectives.
The ECN Policy Brief on the Common Agricultural Policy and Soil can be downloaded here.