Community policy concerning dangerous or hazardous substances in European waters was introduced almost three decades ago by Council Directive on pollution caused by discharges of certain dangerous substances (Directive 76/464/EEC, codified as 2006/11/EC). Several substances were regulated in specific directives (also called 'daughter' directives, though they are stand-alone) in the 1980s by defining Community-wide emission limit values and quality objectives in surface waters.
As part of the restructuring of Community water policy, Directive 76/464/EEC was integrated into the Water Framework Directive 2000/60/EC in 2000, and Directive 76/464/EEC was repealed in 2013. The specific directives have been updated.
The legal acts on dangerous substances can be downloaded below in English.
Based on Article 6 of Council Directive 76/464/EEC, the Council set specific emission limit values and quality objectives for 17 substances of list I in five specific directives:
Studies on the implementation of the Dangerous Substances Directive:
In 1990, the Commission proposed another 15 substances for regulation as a priority under 76/464/EEC. The Proposal for a Council Directive amending Directive 76/464/EEC on pollution caused by certain dangerous substances discharged to the aquatic environment of the Community (COM(90) 9 final of 2.2.1990, OJ C 55, 07.03.1990, p. 7). However, because of the proposals on revising the IPPC Directive (Integrated Prevention and Pollution Control, 96/61/EC, codified by Directive 2008/1/EC), the Proposal COM(90) 9 final was withdrawn by the Commission on 4.8.1993 (OJ C 228, 24.08.1993, p. 13).