General questionnaires on Contaminated Land Management


 Synthesis of answers to COMMON FORUM questionnaires

Acid Tar Recovery

Synthesis of the answers
received after Anan Bohers’ request (Slovakia)
Participants: Belgium (Flanders and Wallonia), Denmark, Germany, Latvia, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia, Spain (Catalogna), United-Kingdom
Available since 03/04/2017 - PDF file - 316 KB07/12/2016)


Soil Screening Values

Synthesis of the answers
received after Christiane Wermeille's request (Switzerland)
Participants: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, Luxemburg, United Kingdom
Available since 25/04/2016 - PDF file - 534 KB

See also:
COMMON FORUM meeting presentations:
- Napoli (October 9-10, 2014)
Switzerland / revision of the Soil Clean-up Values
- Bratislava (May 29-31, 2013)b>
New guideline value for Hg in agriculture soil


Accreditation of experts in investigation and remediation of soils

Synthesis of the answers
received after Ana Alzola's request (Spanish Basque Country)
Participants: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Lithuania, Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, United-Kingdom
Available since 14/08/2015 - PDF file - 278 KB


Concentration of contaminants in vegetables

Synthesis of the answers
received after Ana Alzola's request (Spanish Basque Country)
Participants: Austria, Finland, Germany, Lithuania, Netherlands, United-Kingdom,
Available since 15/04/2013 - PDF file - 407 KB


Status of pumped water

Synthesis of the answers
received after Antonella Vecchio’s request (Italy)
30/01/2013 - updated the 12 April 2013
Participants: Austria, Belgium (Flanders), Denmark, Finland, Germany, Lithuania, Spanish Basque Country, Spain
Available since 15/04/2013 - PDF file - 451 KB


Implementation of the Industrial Emission Directive

See the questionnaire and the 5 countries / regions answers
Participants: Austria, Belgium (Flanders), Finland, France, United-Kingdom
Available since 2013

The Directive 2010/75/EU on industrial emissions (IED) has several provisions related to contamination management. This Common Forum questionnaire was decided to assess the way Member States will transpose these provisions in their existing legal framework and to identify remaining critical issues.

See also:
COMMON FORUM Position paper on
"Industrial Emissions Directive / baseline report guidance proposal"


Legal Framework

See the Questionnaire and the 19 countries/regions answers
Participants: Austria, Belgium (Flanders and Wallonia), Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain (Federal and Basque Country), Sweden, Switzerland
Available since 2010 - Partially updated in 2012, in 2013 and in 2014

In July 2010, Common Forum launched a questionnaire to assess the evolution of legal framework related to contaminated land management in Europe. During 2012 and 2013, some answers have been updated on demand of the Common Forum Countries representatives.

See also:
COMMON FORUM meeting presentations:
Copenhaguen (May 12-13, 2015)
- The Danish Legal framework
- Soil protection in Poland - Legal aspects
Napoli (October 9-10, 2014)
- Remediation of contaminated sites in Italy
Berlin (May 13-14, 2014)
- Contaminated Sites - Situation in Germany
Bilbao (October 23-24, 2012)
- Contaminated land management in the Basque Country
Basel (April 26-27, 2012)
- Introduction into the legal framework of Switzerland
Nottingham (April 14-15, 2011)
- United-Kingdom Contaminated Land Policy
Salzburg (September 21, 2010)
- Austria in Transition


Implementation of Environmental Liability Directive

See the Questionnaire and the 16 countries/regions answers
Participants: Austria, Belgium (Flanders and Wallonia), Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Spain, Sweeden, United-Kingdom (England)
Available since 2010

The Environmental Liability Directive (ELD) is the first EU polluter pays legislation.  Member states have transposed this new Directive in their national legal framework in the last months. This comparison study illustrates the differences of transposition between Member States.

See also: Environmental Liability (on ec.europa.eu)

  • Commission reports
  • Member State reports on the experience gained in the application of the Directive

European Directive 2006/21/EC - Article 20 concerning the management of waste of the extractive industry

See the Questionnaire and the 11 countries/regions answers
Participants: Belgium (Flanders), Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Spain (Basque Country), Sweden, Switzerland, United-Kingdom,
Available since 2010

In accordance with Article 20 of the Directive, mining waste facilities shall be included in the inventory if their actual status leads to serious negative environmental impacts (on water, soil, etc.) and relevant threats to Human Health. The following questionnaire has been established for sharing and exchanging experiences on the transposition and implementation of this Article.


Standards for contamination of surface water, groundwater, sediments and soil

Synthesis of the answers
received after Roman Hangac's request (Slovak Republic)
Participants: Austria, Belgium (Flemish and Walloon region), France, Germany, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, United-Kingdom
Available since 19/11/2009 - Updated on December 3, 2009 - PDF file - 375 KB


Taxes on Contaminated Soils Landfilling

Synthesis of the answers
received after Ana Alzola's request (Spanish Basque Country)
Participants: Austria, Belgium-Flanders, Finland, Switzerland, United-Kingdom
Available since 22/02/2009 - Updated on May 05, 2009 - PDF file - 298 KB


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