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

Previous programme


Successor programme


Programme funding

EUR 41,3 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, as well as to examine the protection and conservation of natural environments and to evaluate the quality of environmental data management.


This third Community environmental protection programme was carried out as part of the 1981-1985 sectoral research and development programme in the field of environment (environmental protection and climatology). The objectives and principles of a Community environmental policy as approved by the Council in its Resolution of 17 May 1977 concerning the second Community action programme on the environment (1977-1981) served as a frame of reference.


Five research areas:

- Sources, pathways and effects of pollutants:
Heavy metals, organic micro-pollutants and new chemical products, asbestos and other fibres, air quality, surface and underground freshwater quality, thermal pollution, marine environment quality, noise pollution;
- Reduction and prevention of pollution and nuisances:
Sewage sludge, pollution abatement technologies, clean technologies, ecological effects of solid waste disposal, oil pollution cleaning techniques, impact of new technologies;
- Protection, conservation and management of natural environments:
Ecosystems studies, biogeochemical cycles, ecosystems conservation, bird protection, reclamation of damaged ecosystems;
- Environment information management:
Data bank on environmental chemicals; evaluation, storage and exploration of data; ecological cartography;
- Complex interactive systems: man-environment interactions.

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 Committee on Programme Management (ACPM) on Environmental Protection, 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 the following year. 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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