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Extension of Community Eco-Management and Audit Scheme

The European Commission, DG XI, has published a call for proposals for pilot activities designed to identify and explore areas of economic activity into which the Community Eco-Management and Audit Scheme may be extended.

The following priority sectors have been identified:

- Electricity supply;
- Gas supply;
- Water supply;
- Construction;
- Wholesale and retail trade;
- Transport;
- Financial services;
- Public administration;
- Recreational, cultural and sporting activities;
- Education;
- Tourism.

The objectives of these pilot activities are, in particular:

- To identify the specific activities, currently outside the scope of EMAS, into which the scheme may be extended;
- To assess the importance of each division, group and class, and to exclude, with proper justification, those specific activities where, for any reason, it is not necessary to undertake the study;
- To undertake a preliminary feasibility study;
- To analyze work carried out in the field of environmental management in the identified activities;
- To identify the perceived environmental issues and the main problem areas;
- To conduct pilot exercises in the identified activities with the aim of applying requirements analogous to those foreseen in the EMAS Regulation;
- To elaborate a European-wide applicable methodology to assist companies seeking to establish an EMAS compliant environmental management system in the identified activities;
- To provide the Commission with information on which to base consideration of the extension of the scope of EMAS during the revision of Regulation No 1836/93 that will take place not more than five years after its entry into force (by 29 June 1998 at the latest).

Proposals may be made by any natural or legal person, but projects with a commercial aim, or projects already in progress on 15 March 1996, will not be selected for funding. Priority will be given to projects which have transnational geographical coverage. The funding to be received will be between 20% and 60% of estimated expenditure, and should be between ECU 20,000, and ECU 100,000.
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