EU Directives News

  • EC Scientific Committee Clarifies Meaning of `Sprayable Applications/Products` for Certain Nanomaterials

    On September 30, 2014, the European Commission (EC) Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) posted a clarification on the meaning of the term “sprayable applications/products” for certain nanomaterials. According to the clarification, the EC Member States ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • EC Committee Publishes Final Opinion on Nanosilver

    On June 13, 2014, the European Commission (EC) Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) published its final opinion on “Nanosilver: safety, health and environmental effects and role in antimicrobial ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • 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 ...

  • EC Committee`s Preliminary Opinion on Nanosilver Available for Comment

    On December 13, 2013, the European Commission (EC) Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) released its preliminary opinion on “Nanosilver: safety, health and environmental effects and role in antimicrobial ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • AEBIOM welcomes the EC proposal to revise the energy taxation directive

    AEBIOM welcomes and supports the EC proposal to revise the Directive 2003/96/EC on Energy Taxation. This proposal, presented today by the European Commission, is a first step towards a low carbon economy. AEBIOM considers that the revision of this directive is a first step towards polluter pays principle that provides a good opportunity to increase the CO2 taxation in the future. The minimum ...

  • STL ready for the Water Framework Directive

    European legislation detailing the Water Framework Directive (WFD) came into force in December 2003, providing a clear framework for the protection, improvement and sustainable use of water across Europe. We have been working on a development programme to help organisations meet the analytical requirements of the new Directive, and are now able to offer the majority of analysis. The Directive ...


  • Atkins appointed to national ecology framework

    The Environment Agency has contracted Atkins to provide expert ecological advice in freshwater ecology and conservation management across England and Wales. Atkins, the UK’s largest engineering design consultancy, has been appointed to the national Ecological Services Framework Lot 1 which relates to aquatic and terrestrial ecology. This continues its longstanding relationship with the Agency ...


    By Atkins

  • EC adopts 2007-2009 nanotechnology implementation report

    the European Commission (EC) adopted a Communication entitled Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies: An Action Plan for Europe 2005-2009. Second Implementation Report 2007-2009. The Communication outlines the key developments during 2007-2009 in each policy area of the Nanotechnology Action Plan 2005-2009, identifies current challenges, and draws conclusions relevant to the future European ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • EC calls for proposals for EUR 4bn worth of energy investments

    The European Commission has launched a call for proposals covering key energy infrastructure projects such as energy interconnections, offshore wind energy and carbon capture and storage as part of the implementation of the European Energy Programme for Recovery (EEPR), on which the Council and the Parliament recently reached agreement. Project promoters are invited to submit their proposals by ...

  • EC completes pesticide review programme

    The European Commission made an important step forward in its efforts to ensure improved protection of human health and the environment, as it completed the review of existing pesticides that were on the market before 1993. This programme concerned about 1,000 substances, of which about 250 have passed the harmonised EU safety assessment. All reviewed pesticides have undergone a detailed risk ...

  • 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 ...

  • EC requests information from Member States on dangerous airborne particles pollution

    The European Commission has written to 23 Member States to request information on what action they are taking to comply with the EU's air quality standard for dangerous airborne particles known as PM10. These coarse particles, emitted by industry and traffic, can cause asthma, cardiovascular problems, lung cancer and premature death. The Commission's action follows the entry into force on 11 June ...

  • EC takes nine member states to Court over environmental liability

    The European Commission has decided to refer nine Member States to the European Court of Justice for failing to transpose the EU directive on liability for damage to the environment into their domestic law. The deadline was 30 April 2007. The nine are Austria, Belgium (concerning the Brussels region only), Greece, Finland, France, Ireland, Luxembourg, Slovenia and the United Kingdom. Environment ...

  • EC could ban creosote as wood preservative

    The European Commission is launching an online consultation to collect evidence about the possible consequences of a phase out of creosote, a widely used wood preservative. Recent studies have identified some risks to human health and to the environment when creosote comes into direct contact with soil or water. Like many other substances, creosote is being evaluated as part of the ten-year ...


    By European Commission

  • MEPs to consider new EC directive on renewable energy

    Spring brings renewal and this spring in parliament MEPs will be considering a new Commission directive on renewable energy. In March last year EU leaders set a target of 20% of energy from renewable sources like the wind and sea by 2020. Alongside greater energy efficiency and a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions it is hoped these steps will mitigate climate change. In the first of our series ...


    By European Parliament

  • EC provides EUR 27m for communities at risk from natural disasters

    In line with its commitment to support Disaster Risk Reduction, the European Commission has allocated €27.325 million from the humanitarian aid budget to improve the capacities of communities at risk in Central America, Central Asia and South East Asia, so that they can better prepare for and protect themselves against natural disasters. The funds will be channelled through the European ...


    By European Commission

  • UK government publishes standards guidance for Water Framework Directive

    Defra and the Welsh Assembly government have published a second volume of guidance on river basin management planning, outlining the role of environmental quality standards in implementing the Water Framework Directive (WFD). The guidance explains the range of new standards that have been developed by the UK environment agencies, and considers the way in which the Directive’s costs and benefits ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • EC criticises UK Parliament`s biofuels report

    Energy Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, responding to the report of the House of Commons which calls for a moratorium on biofuels, said: 'The Commission strongly disagrees with the conclusion of the Environmental Audit Committee of the British House of Commons report, where it says that the overall environmental effect of existing biofuel policy is negative. On the contrary, it is delivering ...

  • As the Water Framework Directive gathers pace, industry must prioritise wastewater treatment, says Air Products

    As the UK’s implementation of the Water Framework Directive (WFD) gathers pace, water companies and industry will need to make wastewater treatment and management a priority, says Air Products. Despite the fact that the WFD’s main target is achieving ‘good status’ for all UK surface and ground waters by 2015 – a date which for many may still seem a long way off - the pace of change is set to ...


    By Air Products

  • EU council agrees to bring aviation into carbon trading, but throws out soil directive

    European Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas welcomed the political agreement reached by today's Environment Council on including aircraft emissions in the EU emissions trading scheme. The Council however failed to reach an agreement on the day's other major issue: the new soil framework directive. Commissioner Dimas welcomed the Council's conclusions on the environment and ...

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