PUBLIC CONSULTATION LAUNCHED!
A public consultation on the review of Annexes I and II of the Groundwater Directive has been launched and will be open until mid-October 2013 with the aim of collecting opinions on different policy options for the review of the Annexes, and to identify missing options and gather data on impacts.
You can participate and find all relevant information here.
Article 10 of the Directive 2006/118/EC on the protection of groundwater against pollution and deterioration (GWD) requires the Commission to review Annex I and II of the Directive every six years and come forward with legislative proposals, if appropriate. The Commission will carry out the first review of those Annexes in 2013.
Annexes I and II of the GWD contain Europe wide environmental quality standards for pollutants, a minimum list of pollutants and indicators for which Member States should consider establishing threshold values, guidelines for the establishment of threshold values and information to be provided by Member States on those pollutants and indicators.
The Commission is collecting all relevant information that may help in reviewing the Annexes and in carrying out an impact assessment that underpins a potential legislative proposal.
The first step was a call for evidence in April 2013 where the European Commission asked interested stakeholders to submit information, studies, scientific reports, good practice or other data sources in order to underpin the impact assessment for the review of Annexes I and II of the Groundwater Directive 2006/118/EC. The information submitted to that call for evidence will be considered as background information in the impact assessment carried out by DG Environment as a basis for the review of the Annexes of the Groundwater Directive 2006/118/EC.
A stakeholder workshop (participation by invitation only) will be organized on 9 October 2013 in Brussels to present and discuss preliminary conclusions on the impacts of the options and the remaining knowledge gaps. Please see more details on the conference here.