Mission: A Soil Deal for Europe

One of the five EU Mission is Mission: A Soil Deal for Europe, which aims to establish 100 living labs and lighthouses to lead the transition towards healthy soils by 2030. As the Mission Board points out in its interim report, soil is a fragile resource that takes a long time to renew which makes the challenge of restoring and promoting soil health a priority.

Mission: A Soil Deal for Europe, will create a shared research and innovation vision that will accelerate Europe's trajectory towards sustainable soil management and restoration as part of a wider, green transition in rural and urban areas. The mission aims to create 100 living labs and lighthouses to lead the transition towards healthy soils by 2030, where soil health is defined as 'the continued capacity of soils to support ecosystem services,' according to the Implementation Plan published in September 2021. 

Soil Mission

Mission objectives

There are eight specific objectives to the Mission, each comes with a series of measurable goals to be achieved:

  • Reduce land degradation
  • Conserve and increase soil organic carbon stocks
  • No net soil sealing and increase the reuse of urban soils
  • Reduce soil pollution and enhance restoration
  • Prevent erosion
  • Improve soil structure
  • Reduce the EU global footprint on soils
  • Increase soil literacy in Member States. 

ERRIN input to Mission: A Soil Deal for Europe

To maximise the impact of the Mission, research activities will be adapted to local and regional conditions. Knowledge will be co-created in living labs that will address specific needs for soil health. These living lands will form regional clusters with the objective to spur co-innovation at both landscape and watershed levels.

The mission also aims to focus on mobilising and creating an enabling environment for sustainable soil management throughout the EU looking at public policies, investments, citizen engagement, and information campaigns, where the regional and local levels are crucial to achieve long-lasting impact. The activities carried out within the mission will also have clear links to regional and urban climate adaptation policies and actions.


In February 2021, ERRIN's Bioeconomy Working Group organised an information session on the Mission, during which members took a particular interest in the development of the lighthouse demonstrators. After the publication of the Implementation Plan in autumn 2021, a follow-up meeting was organised in November 2021 to discuss the role of regions in the Mission.


In March 2022, an information session was set up in which ERRIN members exchanged ongoing soil activities and projects in the regions, while also exploring links between the Mission and the EU Soil Strategy. In May 2022, ERRIN shared its key messages for the Horizon Europe Missions Work Programme 2023, in which the network highlighted the need for calls encouraging public sector innovation, the need for synergies between the Soil Mission and other Missions, and the need for support to develop grass-root level tools and services.


The Bioeconomy Working Group will focus its work on the Mission Soil Manifesto and inform the membership on the 100 soil living labs for experimentation on the ground and lighthouses for demonstration of solutions which the Mission aims to set up.

Latest Updates

  • By Agnieszka Wieczorek Jetha

Project opportunities for members in the Missions-related calls under Horizon Europe 

ERRIN has been actively involved in supporting its members - regions and their R&I ecosystems - in developing successful proposals under the EU Missions calls of the Horizon Europe programme. The Bioeconomy Working Group and Adaptation Task Force organised two informal meetings focused on the Mission Soil and Mission Adaptation calls.

  • By Silvia Ghiretti

EU Missions creating new markets: the crucial role of the triple helix collaboration

ERRIN is collaborating with the TRAMI project to organise a Mutual Learning Event on the Wednesday 17 May from 9:00-12:30, exploring the role of industry, academia and public authorities in achieving the objectives of the five EU Missions through triple helix collaboration.

  • By Gianpiero Petruzziello

Driving the transition towards healthy soils in Europe: SOILL - Support Structure for SOIL Living Labs

ERRIN is pleased to announce its participation in the Framework Partnership 'SOILL - Support Structure for SOIL Living Labs' which is currently in the Grant Agreement Preparation stage and set to commence in January 2024. SOILL will support, organise, expand and advocate for the network of 100 Soil Mission Living Labs and Lighthouses throughout the entire implementation of the Mission Soil.

  • By Gianpiero Petruzziello

Join the Mission ‘A Soil Deal for Europe’: Sign the Manifesto!

The European Commission and ERRIN recently launched the Mission Soil Manifesto. Representatives of municipalities, regions, private or public companies and organisations, NGOs and philanthropic organisations, schools and education institutions, research institutions, as well as Individuals can also sign the Manifesto and join a vibrant community of practice dedicated to soil health.

  • By Astrid Hannes

Bioeconomy WG: Call for regional examples on Soil Health, Soil Protection and Soil Restauration

The Bioeconomy Working Group is looking for regional examples related to soil health and protection, to be presented in its upcoming meeting ‘Launch of the Mission Soil Manifesto’ taking place in person on 18 April at the ERRIN office in Brussels.

  • By Lucy Hammond

DG RTD's EU Missions' Study

DG RTD has launched a study to collect insights on the missions' selection process, their governance, budget, instruments and actions as well as their focus and progress to date. The study seeks to identify what has worked well and less well, draw lessons, and make suggestions for improvement in the short and longer-term of EU Missions' implementation. The deadline to complete the survey is 15 March.