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  • Sectoral research and development programme (EEC) in the field of environment (environmental protection and climatology) - indirect and concerted actions -, 1981-1985

Successor programme


Programme funding

EUR 49,3 million

Official Journal Reference

L 101 of 1981-04-11

Legislative Reference

81/213/CEE of 1981-03-03
To investigate the sources and examine the treatment of pollution and nuisances, including noise, throughout the environment with a view to reducing or preventing them, and to analyse historic climatic conditions, climatic predictability and the interaction between human activity and climate.


The objectives and principles of a Community environmental policy as well as a general description of the projects to be undertaken at Community level were approved by the Council in its Resolution of 17 May 1977 concerning the second Community action programme on the environment (ENVAP 2C, 1977-1981). These served as an frame of reference for this third Community programme in the field of environmental research.


Two subprogrammes:

- Environment protection:
. Sources, pathways and effects of pollutants;
. Reduction and prevention of pollution and nuisances;
. Protection, conservation and management of natural environments;
. Environment information management;
. Complex interactive systems: man-environment interactions;

- Climatology:
. Understanding climate;
. Man-climate interactions;
. Service activities.

Concerted actions (1984 revision):

- Physico-chemical behaviour of atmospheric pollutants (COST 611/1);
- Organic micropollutants in the aquatic environment (COST 641/1);
- Treatment and use of organic sludges and liquid agricultural wastes (COST 681/1);
- Benthic coastal ecosystems (COST 647/1);
- Air pollution effects on terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems (COST 612/1).


The Commission, assisted by the Advisory Committees on Programme Management (ACPMs) in the fields of environmental protection and climatology, was responsible for executing the programme with regard to the indirect actions and for coordinating it with regard to the concerted actions.

Information arising from implementation of the indirect actions was disseminated in accordance with Council Regulation (EEC) No 2380/74 of 17 September 1974 (Official Journal No L 255 of 20.9.1974), adopting provisions for the dissemination of information relating to research programmes for the European Economic Community.

In accordance with Article 228 of the Treaty, the Commission was authorized to conclude agreements with third States, in particular those involved in European collaboration in the field of scientific and technical research (COST), with a view to associating them wholly or partly with the programme.

The programme was re-examined at the end of the third year and revised by Council Decision 84/139/EEC of 1.3.1984. On its completion, the Commission sent to the Member States and the European Parliament a summary report on the implementation and results of the concerted actions.
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