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Implementation of the National Emission Ceilings Directive

The new NEC Directive enters into force on 31 December 2016 and must be transposed by 30 June 2018.  Each EU Member State is required to produce a National Air Pollution Control Programme by 31 March 2019 setting out the measures it will take to ensure compliance with the 2020 and 2030 reduction commitments.  The Programmes, together with the Commission evaluation of those programmes, will be made public on this website.

Transposition of the original NEC Directive 2001/81/EC

Pending transposition and implementation of the new Directive, this page deals primarily with the implementation history for the original NEC Directive 2001/81/EC.

The Directive 2001/81/EC requires Member States to draw up twice a National Programme which includes information on adopted and envisaged policies and measures and quantified estimates of their effects on the emissions in 2010. The first year for drawing up National Programmes was 2002. The reports of the EU-15 Member States can be found on the National Programmes webpage.

Member States were required to send updated National Programmes to the Commission by the end of 2006 if required in order to ensure compliance by 2010. In order to enhance comparability of the reports of the Member States, Member States were requested to base their programmes on the "Recommendations on developing and reporting National Programmes under the National Emission Ceilings Directive" drawn up by the Working Group on Implementation of the CAFE-programme.

Also the updated national programmes were evaluated in the Evaluation of 2006 National Programmes and the results fed into the revision of the NEC Directive.

Reporting of emission inventories and projections

Based on the provisions of the Directive, Member States are obliged to report each year their national emission inventories and projections for 2010 to the European Commission and the European Environment Agency (EEA). The EEA makes the data available on the EEA's National Emission Ceilings Directive webpage

That reporting has to be based on the EMEP/EEA Emission Inventory Guidebook. The EMEP/Corinair Guidebook has recently been restructured and updated and the 2016 Guidebook is available here.