The Council of Ministers of the European Union has published the text of its common position on the proposed Directive concerning integrated pollution prevention and control. The purpose of this Directive is to integrate measures for the prevention and control of pollution in the air, water and soil. The Directive is intended to address the concern that different approaches to controlling emissions in these three environmental media may encourage the shifting of pollution between them rather than ensuring the protection of the environment as a whole. With this in mind, the proposed Directive introduces an environmental permit procedure for a wide range of industrial installations (specified in Annex I of the Directive) in the European Union. It lays down a number of requirements designed to prevent or, where that is not practicable, to reduce polluting emissions in the air, water and land, including measures concerning waste, in order to achieve a high level of protection of the environment as a whole. Installations not meeting these requirements will not be granted permits. The proposed Directive also lays down certain provisions for the coordination of procedures for the granting of permits in each Member State. The Council's common position provides for the subsequent adoption of Community emission limit values for certain polluting substances on the basis of an exchange of information with the Member States. It also provides for the exclusion of installations or parts of installations used for research, development and testing of new products and processes from the scope of the proposed Directive.
Policy making and guidelines
18 August 1995