EU Directives News

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • Atkins appointed to marine framework

    Scottish Water has appointed engineering design consultancy Atkins to its marine survey services framework. The framework, which is worth up to £5 million and runs initially for two years with scope to be extended to eight, has been developed as part of Scottish Water’s efforts to address changes in legislation, including the Water Framework Directive. It has been designed to support water ...


    By Atkins

  • EC takes legal action against Sweden over health and safety controls

    The European Commission has sent a reasoned opinion to Sweden for failing to provide for proper controls on the health and safety of workers when an employer changes company status. Under current rules, workers in Sweden can suffer if an employer changes status for organisational reasons because health and safety requirements laid down by labour inspectors automatically lose effect with the ...


    By European Commission

  • 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.

  • Defra prepares to manage transposition of revised waste framework directive

    The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs intends to manage the transposition of the revised Waste Framework Directive through a two-stage consultation process. The revised WFD was published on 22 November 2008 in the Official Journal of the European Union. Article 40 of ...

  • BERR concerned over EC WEEE proposals

    The proposals follow the Commission’s review of WEEE and the Restriction on the use of certain Hazardous Substances in electrical and electronic equipment. BERR has released a consultation paper on the EC’s planned changes for WEEE and RoHs saying that they could cause “significant challenges” for British businesses. Under the new updates the Commission is proposing a fundamental change in ...

  • EC closes two nature cases against Poland

    The European Commission is ending legal proceedings against Poland in two nature cases. The first case is being withdrawn following action to protect one of Europe's most important nature sites – the Rospuda river valley. The second is being closed following the completion of Poland's network of Special Protection Areas. Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas said: 'I am pleased with the decision ...

  • EC to close nature protection case in Venice lagoon

    The European Commission is closing a case against Italy concerning requirements under EU nature protection laws and the construction of moving dams in the Venice lagoon. The dams are intended to reduce the risk of flooding, and so protect the city, but at the same time they have an impact on the ecological values of the lagoon. As a result of measures now proposed by the Italian authorities to ...

  • EC approves UK aid for feasibility studies on CCS demonstration projects

    The European Commission has approved, under EC Treaty state aid rules, aid that the UK intends to grant to conduct two front end engineering and feasibility studies (FEED-studies) on two industrial-scale carbon capture and storage (CCS) demonstration projects. The FEED studies should reduce the technical, environmental and financial risks of the construction of a commercial scale coal-fired power ...

  • 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 ...

  • DHI first in EU to define `supplementary measures` sensu the EU Water Framework Directive

    The Danish Spatial and Environmental Planning Agency (BLST) has published a report, which suggests that restoration of boulder reefs in coastal waters, a protected habitat type under the EC Habitats Directive, could also serve as a ‘supplementary measure’ and hence support implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive. The title of the report is 'Stenrev i Limfjorden: Fra naturgenopretning ...


  • 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 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 pursues legal action against Italy over infringements of environmental laws

    The European Commission is pursuing legal action against Italy over three cases in which EU legislation to protect the environment is being violated. One case concerns Italy's failure to comply fully with a European Court of Justice (ECJ) judgement condemning it for not carrying out an environmental impact assessment of a new waste incinerator. In this regard the Commission is sending a first ...


    By European Commission

  • 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

  • EC approves aid to investment into clean transport in the Czech Republic

    The European Commission approved today investment aid to the benefit of companies buying new buses to carry out public service contracts in the Czech Republic. From 2008 to 2013 companies may receive aid to invest into new buses carrying out public service contracts in the Czech Republic. The aid will be paid to the carrier for the acquisition of a new bus in form of a one-off direct grant at ...

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