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International Agreements


Environmental Policies and Horizontal Matters

Impact Assessment

Funding

  • LIFE  – The Financial instrument for the Environment
  • Regulation (EC) No 1682/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 September 2004 amending Regulation (EC) No 1655/2000 concerning the Financial Instrument for the  Environment (LIFE) – (full text)
  • Regulation (EC) No 1655/2000 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 July 2000 concerning the Financial Instrument for the Environment (LIFE) – (full text)

Information and Public Participation

  • Directive 2003/4/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 28 January 2003 on public access to environmental information and repealing Council Directive 90/313/EEC (full text)
  • Directive 2003/35/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 May 2003 providing for public participation in respect of the drawing up of certain plans and programmes relating to the environment and amending with regard to public participation and access to justice Council Directives 85/337/EEC and 96/61/EC (full text).
  • Commission proposal for a Directive on access to justice [COM(2003)624] (full text).

Air

Air Quality

  • COM (2001) 245: The Clean Air for Europe (CAFE) programme. Towards a thematic strategy for air quality (full text).
  • Framework Directive 96/62/EC of 27 September 1996 on ambient air quality assessment and management (full text)
  • Council Directive 1999/30/EC of 22 April 1999 relating to limit values for sulphur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide and oxides of nitrogen, particulate matter and lead in ambient air (full text)
  • Directive 2000/69/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 November 2000 relating to limit values for benzene and carbon monoxide in ambient air (full text)
  • Directive 2002/3/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12 February 2002 relating to ozone in ambient air (full text)
  • Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council relating to arsenic, cadmium, mercury, nickel and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in ambient air (2003/0164) (full text)
  • 2001/752/EC: Commission Decision of 17 October 2001 amending the Annexes to Council Decision 97/101/EC establishing a reciprocal exchange of information and data from networks and individual stations measuring ambient air pollution within the Member States (full text)
  • 97/101/EC: Council Decision of 27 January 1997 establishing a reciprocal exchange of information and data from networks and individual stations measuring ambient air pollution within the Member States(full text)

National Emission Ceilings

  • Directive 2001/81/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2001 on national emission ceilings for certain atmospheric pollutants (full text)

Stationary Source Emissions

  • Directive 2001/80/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2001 on the limitation of emissions of certain pollutants into the air from large combustion plants (full text)
  • Directive 2000/76/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 4 December 2000 on the incineration of waste (full text)
  • Directive 94/63/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 December 1994 on the control of volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions resulting from the storage of petrol and its distribution from terminals to service stations (full text)
  • Council Directive 1999/13/EC of 11 March 1999 on the limitation of emissions of volatile organic compounds due to the use of organic solvents in certain activities and installations (full text)
  • Council Directive 1999/32/EC of 26 April 1999 relating to a reduction in the sulphur content of certain liquid fuels and amending Directive 93/12/EEC (full text)

Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control


Energy and Transport


Environment and Health


Environment and Technology


Global Changes


Global Monitoring and Earth observation

  • Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES): Establishing a GMES capacity by 2008 - (Action Plan (2004-2008) – (full text)

Nature Protection

  • Convention on biological diversity - Río de Janeiro
  • Council Decision 93/626/EEC of 25 October 1993 concerning the conclusion of the Convention on Biological Diversity (full text)
  • Fauna and Flora
    Conservation of Antarctic marine living resources

    Council Decision 81/691/EEC of 4 September 1981 on the conclusion of the Convention on the conservation of Antarctic marine living resources - (full text)
  • Cetacean protection
    Council Regulation (EEC) No 348/81 of 20 January 1981 on common rules for imports of whale or other cetacean products - (full text)
  • COM(2002) 511: Communication from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament: A strategy for the sustainable development of European aquaculture – (full text)
  • Opinion of the Committee of the Regions on the "Communication from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament: A strategy for the sustainable development of European aquaculture" – (full text)
  • Seal pups
    Council Directive 83/129/EEC of 28 March 1983 concerning the importation into the Member States of skins of certain seal pups and products derived there from (full text)
  • International Dolphin Conservation Programme
    Council Decision 1999/337/EC of 26 April 1999 on the signature by the European Community to the agreement on the International Dolphin Conservation Programme – (full text)
  • Barcelona Convention: protecting the region of the Mediterranean Sea
    Council Decision 77/585/EEC of 25 July 1977 concluding the Convention for the protection of the Mediterranean Sea against pollution and the Protocol for the prevention of the pollution of the Mediterranean Sea by dumping from ships and aircraft – (full text)
  • Helsinki Convention on the protection of the Baltic Sea
    Council Decision 94/156/EC of 21 February 1994 on the accession of the Community to the Convention on the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Baltic Sea Area 1974 (Helsinki Convention) – (full text)
    Council Decision 94/157/EC of 21 February 1994 on the conclusion, on behalf of the Community, of the Convention on the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Baltic Sea Area (Helsinki Convention as revised in 1992) – (full text)
  • Paris Convention
    Council Decision 98/249/EC of 7 October 1997 on the conclusion of the Convention for the protection of the marine environment of the north-east Atlantic (Paris Convention) – (full text)
  • Common Fisheries Policy
  • Council Directive 79/409/EEC (2 April 1979) on the conservation of wild birds (the Birds Directive) – (full text)
  • Council Directive 92/43/EEC (21 May 1992) on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora (the Habitats Directive) provide further legal basis for Community action to conserve biodiversity – (full text)
  • Opinion of the Committee of the Regions on the "Communication from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament - Towards a strategy to protect and conserve the marine environment" – (full text)
  • COM(2003)302: Communication from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament: Integrated Product Policy. Building on Environmental Life-Cycle Thinking (full text)
  • Ecosystems Research Report N°. 33 - ELOISE Implementation report Phase 2 March 1999 (full text)

Noise

  • COM(2004)160: Report from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council concerning existing Community measures relating to sources of environmental noise, pursuant to article 10.1 of Directive 2002/49/EC relating to the assessment and management of environmental noise (full text)
  • Directive 2002/49/EC of the European Parliament and the Council of 25 June 2002 relating to the assessment and management of environmental noise (full text)
  • Directive 2000/14/EC of the European Parliament and the Council of 8 May 2000 on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to the noise emission in the environment by equipment for use outdoors (full text)
  • EU Legislation relating to sources of noise 

Research Funding Programmes

  • COM(2004)353 final – Science and Technology, the key to Europe’s future – Guidelines for future European Union policy to support research – (full text)
  • Communication Making a reality of the European Research Area: Guidelines for EU research activities (2002-2006) – (Full text)
  • 18/01/2000  
    Toward a European Research Area (Commission Communication)
    http://ec.europa.eu/research/era/pdf/com2000-6-en.pdf 

Risk Management and Civil Protection


Sustainable Development (General)

  • COM(2001)64: A sustainable Europe for a better world: A European Union Strategy for Sustainable Development - (full text)
  • COM(2002)276: Communication from the Commission on Impact Assessment – (full text)
  • COM(2003)235: Report from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council – (full text)
  • Technology and Policy for Sustainable Development - Centre for Environment and Sustainability at Chalmers University of Technology and the Göteborg University, 2002Regulation (EC) No 2493/2000 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 7 November 2000 on measures to promote the full integration of the environmental dimension in the development process of developing countries – (full text)

Urban Development and Land Use

Coastal Zone Management

  • Integrated Coastal Zone Management
  • COM (2000) 545: Proposal for a European Parliament and Council Recommendation concerning the implementation of Integrated Coastal Zone Management in Europe – (Full text)
  • COM (2000) 547: Communication from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament on Integrated Coastal Zone Management: a Strategy for Europe (Full text)

Soil

  • COM(2002) 179 final: “Towards a thematic strategy for Soil Protection”. Communication from the Commission to the Council, the European Parliament, the Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions (full text)

Agriculture and Environment


Waste Management and Product Policy


Water

 

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