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Framework programme


Previous programme


Successor programme


Programme funding

EUR 49 million

Official Journal Reference

L 3 of 1984-01-05

Legislative Reference

of 1983-12-22
To provide validated scientific information on environmental chemicals, contribute to the understanding and abatement of acid deposition, study the pathways and ecotoxicological effects of trace metals in water, and make an environmental impact assessment of toxic chemical wastes.


Part of the first Framework Programme (1984-1987) under activity 8: "Environment" and part of the Research Action Programme (RAP) "Environment"..

Essentially a continuation of past activities in this field, the programme embraced a study of the indirect and diffuse risks involved in the propagation of, and pathways followed by, man-made chemicals.


Four areas:

- Environmental chemicals:
This involved Environmental the Chemical Data Information Network (ECDIN), indoor air pollution (IAP), trace metal exposure and health effects and environmental pathways;

- Atmospheric Pollution:
Integrated into the COST concerted action "Physico-chemical behaviour of atmospheric pollutants" and related to the EUREKA EUROTRAC project, this involved air quality, the mass balance and transport of pollutants, and flue gas desulphurization;

- Water Quality;

- Chemical Waste:
This involved the physico- chemical characterization of different types of waste and the development of a decision support system for the management of toxic waste.


The Commission, assisted by the board of governors of the Joint Research Centre (JRC), was responsible for implementing the programme, which was executed in the Ispra establishment of the JRC.

Information 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 of the European Economic Community.

The Commission submitted annual reports to the Council and the European Parliament on the execution of the programme. It was also required to submit a critical independent analysis before proposing a further four- year programme.
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