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emilijaz Jun 27, 2019 12:28 PM
Dear Sir or Madam,

I am an Ecology student from Lithuania, currently writing a Bachelor's thesis on regulations of contaminated territories in different EU countries.

 I would be more than pleased if you would find some time to answer a few of my questions, which are going to be unbelievable helpful for my thesis.

Your Faithfully,
Emilija Zdanavičiūtė

1) How essential is soil contamination problem at national and political level in different EU countries?
1.1 What is the average size of remediation project?
1.2 Which part of projects by percentage comes from private sectors?
2) How much soil is transported and how much is cleaned “in situ” in different countries?
2.1 Which part of expenses come from transportation?
3) Is there any priority in cleaning the site?
3.1 What kind of remediation technologies are mostly used in projects?
4) Are there any regulations for cleaning the site?
6) How many foreign partners and companies participate in remediation projects?
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EEA Jul 05, 2019 09:09 AM
Dear Ms. 'Emilijaz',

Thank you for contacting the European Environment Agency (EEA) as well as for your interest in a topic, which is highly relevant for our work.

Scanning through your questions, one must say that answers cannot be found in a single piece of work or statistic. However, there are several citations we would recommend for you.

Related to question 1, it is important to state clearly, which kind of contamination you are talking about, and which level of review you have already undertaken.
as for 1.1: reading the following publication from the Joint Research Centre may be of interest: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/[…]/kj0217891enn.pdf
as for 1.2: this information has not been systematically collected, however, you may want to check out presentations from conferences such as AquaConSoil: https://www.aquaconsoil.org/[…]/programmme_book_acs2017_web_1906.pdf, and reports of the NICOLE network : http://www.nicole.org/.
Regarding investments, you may also find some information here: http://publications.jrc.ec.[…]29124_en_online-final_1.pdf
This report represents the state of the art of our work with the countries on contaminated sites and might help you answer questions 3 and 3.1.
Regarding question 2, such a statistics does not exist, same for 2.1. The way to elaborate this is to undertake a substantial literature review, which includes national or regional case studies (which may not solely be in English).
Regarding policies/regulations, your question 4, we recommend you to study https://www.ecologic.eu/[…]/2576-soil_inventory_report.pdf.

We would be interested in following up your work, in particular, how you establish the context with your study field ecology, since in general, contamination and ecology are closely related. However when it comes to specific polluting activities and contaminants, things become more complex.

Please do not hesitate to keep us posted on your findings via the following email: info@eea.europa.eu and to get back to us if you have any further questions.

With kind regards,
EEA Enquiry Service