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Regulation of the Minister for the Economy on the manner of applying restrictions detailed under Annex XVII to Regulation 1907/2006.

Notification Number: 2013/316/PL (Poland)
Date received: 17/06/2013
End of Standstill: 18/09/2013

Issue of comments by: Commission
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Message 002

Communication from the Commission - TRIS/(2013) 01555
Directive 98/34/EC
Translation of the message 001
Notification: 2013/0316/PL

No abre el plazo - Nezahajuje odklady - Fristerne indledes ikke - Kein Fristbeginn - Viivituste perioodi ei avata - Καμμία έναρξη προθεσμίας - Does not open the delays - N'ouvre pas de délais - Non fa decorrere la mora - Neietekmē atlikšanu - Atidėjimai nepradedami - Nem nyitja meg a késéseket - Ma’ jiftaħx il-perijodi ta’ dawmien - Geen termijnbegin - Nie otwiera opóźnień - Nao inicia o prazo - Neotvorí oneskorenia - Ne uvaja zamud - Määräaika ei ala tästä - Inleder ingen frist - Не се предвижда период на прекъсване - Nu deschide perioadele de stagnare - Nu deschide perioadele de stagnare.

(MSG: 201301555.EN)

1. Structured Information Line
MSG 002 IND 2013 0316 PL EN 17-06-2013 PL NOTIF



2. Member State
PL


3. Department Responsible
Departament Innowacji i Przemysłu, Ministerstwo Gospodarki,
Plac Trzech Krzyży 3/5, 00-507 Warszawa,
tel. +48-22/693-5407, fax: +48-22/693-4084, e-mail: notyfikacja@mg.gov.pl


3. Originating Department
Departament Innowacji i Przemysłu, Ministerstwo Gospodarki, Plac Trzech Krzyży 3/5, 00-507 Warszawa, tel. +48-22/693-5922, fax: +48-22/693-4084, e-mail: sekretariatDIP@mg.gov.pl


4. Notification Number
2013/0316/PL - C00C


5. Title
Regulation of the Minister for the Economy on the manner of applying restrictions detailed under Annex XVII to Regulation 1907/2006.


6. Products Concerned
C00C – CHEMICAL ARTICLES
C10C – Dangerous substances and chemical preparations
S70E – Dangerous substances


7. Notification Under Another Act
-


8. Main Content
The draft Regulation derogates from restrictions (in keeping with the provisions of Annex XVII of Regulation (EC) 1907/2006) on applying or placing on the market of substances or mixtures:
- containing lead carbon, in the restoration and maintenance of works of art and historic buildings or their interiors
- containing sulphates (VI), referred to in point 17 of Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006
- containing up to 20% by mass of nitrogen in the form of ammonium nitrate placed on the market until 1 July 2014.
Furthermore, the draft removes restrictions on the placing on the market and the use of products for the removal of paint containing dichloromethane (in keeping with the provisions of Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) 1907/2006) by professional users concerning the removal of paint outside industrial facilities with:
- metal and building construction and items;
- ships and metal elements at ship repair facilities;
- containers;
- carriages.


9. Brief Statement of Grounds
Concerning the restoration and maintenance of works of art and historic buildings or their interiors, the draft Regulation allows the use of lead carbonates (point 16 of Annex XVII of Regulation (EC) 1907/2006) and of lead sulphates (VI) (point 17 of Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) 1907/2006). Similar derogations could be found in § 18(2) of the repealed Regulation of the Minister for the Economy and Labour of 5 July 2004 on restrictions, prohibitions or the conditions of production, marketing or the use of dangerous substances and preparations and of products containing these (Journal of Laws, No 168(1762), as amended).
Moreover, the draft Regulation, in keeping with the provisions of (58)(3) of Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006, assumes that by 1 July 2014 restriction on the marketing of substances or preparations containing nitrogen in the form of ammonium nitrate, referred to in (58)(2) of Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006, will concern values of up to 20% by mass of nitrogen in the form of ammonium nitrate.
Poland is one of the largest producers of nitrogenous fertilisers in Europe. The currently produced fertilisers are high nitrogen fertilisers, containing more than 16% mass of nitrogen in relation to ammonium nitrate. In the Polish climate ammonium nitrate is a fertiliser with optimum properties. It is used by plants to the greatest extent and contains the strongest crop-yielding impact. Furthermore, its application leads to relatively the least damage to the environment and ensures optimal yields.
The costs which the Polish fertiliser industry would have to incur in the event of the immediate implementation of restrictions to 16% ammonium nitrate content (connected, among other things, with changes to the composition of saltpetre fertilisers), is estimated at around PLN 300-400 million (depending e.g. on the necessary technological changes). For this reason, there is a legitimate need to implement a transition period spanning a number of years (up to 1 July 2014).
Pursuant to point 59(2) of Annex XVII to Regulation 1907/2006, by way of derogation, Member States may, on their own territory and concerning certain types of activity, permit the specially trained users of professional products to remove paint containing dichloromethane (DCM) and may allow the placing on the market of products for removing paint earmarked for these professional users.
Research conducted in the EU (Institute of Precision Mechanics in Warsaw) and the USA has not yet discovered any effective substitute for dichloromethane in mixtures for the removal of paintwork (paint). The available substitutes for dichloromethane were not only less effective but they were also either flammable or volatile.
Furthermore, DCM mixtures are effective without being heated up (energy-saving) and the process does not generate additional waste, whilst e.g. water solution sewage constitutes a serious problem for the environment.


10. Reference Documents - Basic Texts
References to basic texts: - the Chemical Substances and their Mixtures Act of 25 February 2011 (Journal of Laws, No 63(322) as amended) – Article 26(2)
- Regulation (EC) 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2006 concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), establishing a European Chemicals Agency, amending Directive 1999/45/EC and repealing Council Regulation (EEC) No 793/93 and Commission Directives 91/155/EEC, 93/67/EEC, 93/105/EC and 2000/21/EC (OJ L 396 of 30 December 2006, p. 1, as amended) – Annex XVII
- the Act of 26 June 1974 – Labour Code (Journal of Laws of 1998, No 21(94), as amended) – Article 2375
- Regulation of the Minister for the Economy and Labour of 5 July 2004 on restrictions, prohibitions or the conditions of production, marketing or the use of dangerous substances and preparations and of products containing these (Journal of Laws, No 168(1762), as amended) - § (18)(2)


11. Invocation of the Emergency Procedure
No


12. Grounds for the Emergency
-


13. Confidentiality
No


14. Fiscal measures
No


15. Impact assessment
-


16. TBT and SPS aspects
TBT aspect

No - the draft complies with the international standard.

No – the draft has no significant impact on international trade.

SPS aspect

No – the draft is not a sanitary or phytosanitary measure.

No – the draft has no significant impact on international trade.




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