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The European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (E-PRTR)

newContract to 'Review E-PRTR implementation and related guidance'

The E-PRTR Regulation and its supporting Guidance document were both published in 2006 and therefore reflect the technical and scientific understanding at that time. Neither the Regulation nor the Guidance have been amended since first publication. In line with the Commission Staff Working Document on the E-PRTR REFIT evaluation and in order to improve E-PRTR implementation, the European Commission is assessing certain technical components of the E-PRTR Regulation and its associated Guidance. In parallel, the Commission's first report on IED implementation concluded that there is benefit in a fuller evaluation of the IED starting in 2019. The Commission has therefore initiated a contract titled 'Review of E-PRTR implementation and related guidance'.

Evaluation of the E-PRTR Regulation

The European Commission has evaluated the effectiveness, efficiency, coherence, relevance and the EU added value of the E-PRTR Regulation. This is part of the Commission's Regulatory Fitness and Performance program (REFIT) to make EU law lighter, simpler and less costly. 

The main findings of the evaluation are to be found in a Commission Staff Working Document and its Executive Summary. Supporting documents to the evaluation are on a dedicated CIRCABC site.

Implementation report

In parallel to the evaluation, the Commission prepared an Article 17 report to the European Parliament and the Council on wider E-PRTR implementation issues in the four-year period from 2010 to 2013. As well as an overview of operational issues, this assesses possible improvements to the E-PRTR. 

An earlier Article 17 report to the European Parliament and the Council had covered the first three years of E-PRTR operation i.e. 2007 to 2009. A supporting study assisted this report. 

Guidance Document for implementation of the E-PRTR

All related documents are available on the dedicated CIRCABC site.

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The guidance document is available here for download as pdf files (approximately 1,7Mb):

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Further contacts

If you have any questions about the E-PRTR or ideas on how to improve this website, please email ENV-EPRTR@ec.europa.eu.