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Guide to the Approximation of European Union Environmental Legislation

This document is a revised and updated version of SEC (97) 1608 of 25.08.1997



This guide gives an introduction to the main issues and principles of approximation of EU environmental legislation. The guide also includes a survey with summaries of EU environmental legislation to 6 March 1998.

The guide is available in English in HTML format and in PDF format in the following languages :

Bulgarian (4.691K) Czech (809K) English (454K) Estonian (483K) Greek (6.568K)
Hungarian (823K) Latvian (1.019K) Lithuanian (496K) Polish (943K) Romanian (479K)
Russian (5.461K) Slovak (718K) Slovenian (547K) Turkish (550K)

Please note, that in all versions of the Guide, the list of the EU environmental acquis in force, found in Annex 2, is in English only. Annex 2 will be updated periodically.

Full texts of legislation are available free of charge on the EUR-LEX database.


Table of contents

 

PREFACE AND INTRODUCTION


PART 1 INTRODUCTION TO THE APPROXIMATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL LEGISLATION

1. APPROXIMATION ISSUES

2. THE ROLE OF GOVERNMENTS IN APPROXIMATION

3. APPROXIMATION AND THE FORMS OF EUROPEAN UNION ENVIRONMENTAL LAW

4. TRANSPOSITION PRINCIPLES


PART 2 OVERVIEW OF EU ENVIRONMENTAL LEGISLATION

INTRODUCTION

A. HORIZONTAL LEGISLATION

B. AIR QUALITY

C. WASTE MANAGEMENT

D. WATER QUALITY

E. NATURE PROTECTION

F. INDUSTRIAL POLLUTION CONTROL AND RISK MANAGEMENT

G. CHEMICALS AND GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISMS

H. NOISE FROM VEHICLES AND MACHINERY

 


ANNEX I: HOW TO INTERPRET EU ENVIRONMENTAL LEGISLATION


ANNEX 2: THE ENVIRONMENTAL ACQUIS

A. HORIZONTAL

B. AIR QUALITY

C. WASTE MANAGEMENT

D. WATER QUALITY

E. NATURE PROTECTION

F. INDUSTRIAL POLLUTION CONTROL AND RISK MANAGEMENT

G. CHEMICALS AND GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISMS

H. NOISE FROM VEHICLES AND MACHINERY

I. NUCLEAR SAFETY AND RADIATION PROTECTION

J. CLIMATE CHANGE

K. CIVIL PROTECTION

P. POLICY

X. INTERNATIONAL CO-OPERATION


ANNEX 3: TABLE OF CONCORDANCE


ANNEX 4: DEFINITIONS