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In the context of the JRC Enlargement initiative intended to involve Candidate Countries in research projects supporting their development, implementation of EU legislation and their adoption of the acquis communautaire, the JRC Institute for Environment and Sustainability launched a project dealing with the inventory, regulations and environmental impact of toxic mining wastes in candidate countries (named PECOMINES). This report presents a comparative survey of the national legislation of nine central and eastern European candidate countries (Bulgaria, Estonia Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia) relevant to mining waste management, and in a broad sense mining and mineral policy in general.

The report includes an in-depth study of the Community legislation with regard to mining waste management. It also highlights some contradictions and niches of the EU legislation in force.

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Authors: HÁMOR T, European Commission, Joint Research Council, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Soil and Waste Unit, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 20545 EN (2002), 188pp. Free of charge
Availability: Available from European Commission, JRC Knowledge Management Unit, Ispra (IT) Tel: +39 033278 9843 or +39 033278 9864 Fax: +39 033278 9623 E-mail:
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