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Several directives on air quality entered into force recently or will be adopted soon. Sound implementation of legislation by the Member States is a basic requirement for the effectiveness of EU policy in this area.

Within the Communication by the Commission (COM(2001) 245 final), the following objective of CAFE was identified among others

  • to support the implementation and review the effectiveness of existing legislation, in particular the air quality daughter directives (1999/30/EC, 2000/69/EC and the forthcoming directive on ozone), the decision on exchange of information (97/101/EC), and national emission ceilings as set out in recent legislation, ...

Currently, a Guidance Report on Preliminary Assessment under Article 5 and another one on Assessment under Article 6 of directive 96/62/EC are available.

At its first meeting on 18 May 2001 the CAFE Steering Group expressed its view that further guidance would be needed in the course of implementation. Participants of the Workshop "Meeting the Limit Values" held at Bruges on 17 and 18 September 2001 supported this view. Giving regard to this the Commission decided to set up a Working Group on Implementation consisting of representatives from stakeholders.

Terms of Reference for a Working Group on Implementation

The task of the working group is to support harmonised implementation of the air quality frame work directive, its daughter directives and the directive on national emission ceilings by Member States.

The working group will

  • identify and make an inventory of existing problems of Member States in implementing the mentioned legislation;
  • develop, as appropriate, specific guidance to support Member States in implementing the relevant legislation;
  • investigate possibilities to streamline and harmonise reporting required within the air quality frame work directives, its daughter directives and the directive on national emission ceilings;
  • give regard to particular problems in Accession Candidate Countries in implementing the Aquis.

The Working Group will regularly report to the CAFE Steering Group. Following the progress of implementation in Member States the Steering Group shall revise or update these terms of reference if appropriate.

Work Items

The Working Group intends

  • to inquire fields of potential problems/disharmony in implementing air quality legislation within Member States;
  • to outline - where necessary - formats for reporting on air quality and national emission ceilings as referred to in directive 96/62/EC and article 8 of the directive on national emission ceilings;
  • to formulate recommendations on structure and contents on plans and programmes to be drafted under article 8 of directive 96/62/EC and article 6 of the directive on national emission ceilings;
  • to formulate recommendations on action plans to be drafted under article 7 of directive 96/62/EC;
  • to provide guidance on the air quality monitoring and assessment strategy, taking into account representativity of monitoring sites and the spatial resolution to be applied when assessing air quality, in particular on the hot spot problem (industrial and traffic related) and assessment of vegetation and ecosystem LV;
  • to develop guidance for the application of models for the assessment and the projection of air quality and for the determination of uncertainty.

Guidance Notes

Disclaimer

The recommendations given by the Working Group aim at supporting Member States in implementing the legislation on air quality. However only the text of the directives or other Community legislation is authentic in law. Accordingly, the text of the directives or other Community legislation is applicable where there are differences between the provisions there and the contents of the recommendations given here.

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