Side events

Side events

1. Meeting of the Common Forum on Contaminated Land in Europe

Coinciding with the Soiluzioak 2023 Soil Protection Congress, the Common Forum on Contaminated Land in Europe – a network of thirty or so contaminated land specialists from the different Environmental Authorities of the Member States and regions of the European Union and of European Free Trade Association Countries – will hold its autumn meeting from 9 to 11 September, where Ihobe will represent the Basque Country, the host region of the meeting.

The forum, founded in 1994, is a platform to exchange expertise and experience, to initiate and follow up on international projects among its members, as well as being a discussion platform on policy, research and management of contaminated land.  Furthermore, it offers an exchange of expertise to other stakeholders thanks to its collaboration with European and international networks in this area.

The representatives at the meeting, which will be held at the Euskalduna Conference Centre, will include those from Austria – the network’s secretary -, France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Flanders and the Walloon Region, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Lithuania, Catalonia and the Basque Country.

Ihobe will take the opportunity of the Common Forum being held parallel to the Soiluzioak 2023 Congress, to share the experience of this network with the congress delegates, by means of a group open session focused on the new proposed European Directive on Soil Monitoring and Resilience.

2. Posidon project final conference

The Final conference of the POSIDON – Polluted Site Decontamination PCP project, financed by the European Commission, will take place at the Euskalduna Conference Centre in Bilbao on 9 October.  The event will be the opportunity to share the project’s results and to discuss the future of R&D&i public procurement for soil remediation in Europe. 

The POSIDON project has brought together different European procurers facing the challenge of managing sites affected by similar pollutants, hydrocarbons and heavy metals, in order to leverage public demand to identify  innovative and sustainable solutions for the in situ remediation of soil contamination.

Area Science Park, the Eastern Adriatic Sea Port Network Authority – Port  Trieste, Bilbao City Council, the Belgian SPAQUE organisation, CEA – Environmental Study Centre of  Vitoria-Gasteiz City Council, the Portuguese publicly-run company Baía do Tejo, Tecnalia, Moragues and Scade Abogados-MAS, Sara Bedin (Smart PROcurement) and Ihobe have taken part in the project.

The participants can attend the event in person or online. You can register to take part in the POSIDON PCP final conference here.

Simultaneous interpreting:

. There will be a simultaneous interpreting service into Basque and English for the auditorium sessions.
. There will be simultaneous interpreting into English for the challenge panels.

*Attending the event costs € 50,
including coffee breaks, lunch, field trips and materials.