EU Directives News

  • Making Mining Work: Mining Review Africa Webinar

    Explore the route taken by the government of Chile and discover the major differences between the policies of some of Africa’s key mining countries.  Understand how, by having an open, encouraging mining and economic policy, Chile is now classified as a high-income country, with a gross national income (GNI) of $14,060, whilst Zambia is classified as a lower middle-income ...

  • New MED Directive coming into force September 18th – What you need to know

    DNV GL is receiving an increasing number of requests regarding a new directive on marine equipment 2014/90/EU, published by the European Union on July 23rd 2014. The directive will repeal directive 96/98/EC with effect from September 18th 2016. This Technical and Regulatory News provides you with the key information you need. Relevant for shipyards, suppliers and owners/managers operating ships ...

  • Biral Wins UK National Visibility Sensor Framework Agreement

    Biral is pleased to announce that it has secured the UK National framework agreement with the Met Office in Exeter for the supply of visibility sensors. After rigorous evaluation and field testing against its national and international competitors, the Biral SWS-100 visibility sensor was selected to be used as part of the Met Office plans to update the national measurement network. The initial ...

  • Quality of urban waterways found to affect bat populations and biodiversity

    Urban waterways can provide foraging opportunities for a range of bat species. However researchers have found that bats in the UK are negatively affected by high levels of invasive plant species and urban development near waterways. The researchers highlight the value these often disregarded urban spaces can have for ecosystems, and suggest ways to improve the biodiversity of waterways. ...

  • Report on the implementation of EU water legislation: there is progress, but still work to do

    The first Communication and the two reports published today by the new Commission show how water policies can be a source of green and blue economic growth, with water management technologies at the heart of eco-innovation. The EU Water Framework Directive sets a framework at European level that aims to ensure clean water in sufficient quantities for people and nature, and for use in economic ...


    By Europa Press Room

  • More Talks on the Water Framework Directive – Rainwater Tanks Helping Farmers

    Farming Life details how the UFU environment chairman and senior policy officer recently attended a meeting of the European Commission Water Framework Directive Common Implementation Working Group on Agriculture. Although somewhat of a mouthful, the meeting took place at Greenmount College and represented the UFU and COPA groups. Attended by representatives from all EU member states, the group ...


    By ENDURAMAXX

  • Better integration of temporary rivers into the Water Framework Directive

    Improvements to EU water policy have been proposed in a recent study, to help ensure that temporary rivers and streams in the Mediterranean are adequately protected in line with the goals of the Water Framework Directive (WFD). The researchers suggest new classifications for river types, and highlight the importance of distinguishing between natural and human-derived causes of intermittent water ...

  • PD Hook (Hatcheries) Ltd fined for polluting local waterway

    On 4 September 2013, P D Hook (Hatcheries) Ltd was sentenced at Scunthorpe Magistrates’ Court to causing a discharge of polluted water to a watercourse near their site. The company pleaded guilty at an earlier court hearing. Based at Station Road, Gunness, Scunthorpe, P D Hook (Hatcheries) Ltd was fined 20,000GBP, and ordered to pay 3,746.72GBP in costs, along with a 120GBP victim ...

  • Nitrogen pollution measures need tailoring to specific areas to ensure cost-effective results

    New research has shown that policy measures in Denmark have successfully reduced total nitrogen loading to 10 estuaries by 39% in recent decades. However, to fully meet the targets of the EU Nitrates Directive and comply with the EU Water Framework Directive in a cost-effective manner, further mitigation measures must be tailored and focused to particular areas. Increased use of nitrogen ...

  • Commission asks four Member States to implement EU chemicals legislation

    The European Commission is asking Germany, Finland, Poland and Portugal to update their chemicals laws in line with recent changes in legislation agreed at EU level. These Member States did not communicate measures relating to the Directive on the classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures. Poland has also failed to inform the Commission about the transposition of ...


    By Europa Press Room

  • Dialogue aims to reduce impacts from dam building in Dinaric Arc

    Careful design and operation of water and hydropower infrastructure can provide for development and economic needs with minimal impact on the people and natural assets of the Dinaric Arc, WWF is to tell a major conference in Croatia. The conference in Dubrovnik, organised by WWF with the support of the World Bank, the Global Water Partnership and the International Hydropower Association, will ...


    By WWF International

  • Modifying urban rivers to increase biodiversity

    Urban rivers are typically heavily-engineered and polluted with degraded habitats. They are therefore a priority for biodiversity restoration. Research suggests that relatively simple modifications to river walls may potentially encourage biodiversity by significantly improving habitats for plants and animals. The EU’s Water Framework Directive requires good ecological status in surface waters by ...

  • Testing ecological toxicity in rivers

    Water quality in rivers is commonly classified according to its physical and chemical properties, but this may not fully describe its biological health. Polish researchers have tested a new method of water assessment, which looks at the toxicity to organisms of not just water, but also sediment and floodplain soil samples. This provides a more complete picture of a river's health and may help ...

  • BRIDGE provides thresholds for EU Water Framework Directive

    The EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) defines chemical status objectives for groundwater and related monitoring obligations but does not yet provide criteria to assess chemical status compliance. Now researchers from EU project BRIDGE (Background Criteria for the Identification of Groundwater Thresholds) have investigated 14 representative bodies of groundwater and developed thresholds that can ...

  • Determining the good status of groundwater in the EU

    Groundwater standards in Member States are to be established by the end of 2008, according to the European Union's new Groundwater Directive. Recent research has developed a new method to determine the chemical status of groundwater which is applicable across the EU. This procedure has been assessed by testing the quality of the groundwater of the Upper Rhine Valley in Germany, Switzerland and ...

  • CDM acquires Polish environmental project design firm CTBK Ekotechnika

    CDM, the global consulting, engineering, construction, and operations firm, announces the acquisition of the Polish environmental project design company CTBK Ekotechnika, headquartered in Warsaw. CTBK, established in 1951, provides a full range of services including feasibility studies, conceptual and detailed design, and contract supervision to a broad set of public and private clients in ...


    By CDM Smith, Inc.

  • Euro MPs want better protection for pedestrians and cyclists

    Eight thousand pedestrians and cyclists are killed and 300,000 injured across the EU each year. The European Parliament's Transport Committee - following a vote last week - is backing Commission proposals to reduce this number via requirements for road vehicles covering systems for collision avoidance, frontal protection, brake assistance and other obligations for car manufacturers. Rapporteur ...


    By European Parliament

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