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EC Environmental Policy

Volume 460: debated on Thursday 24 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which European Environmental Directives have been (a) agreed and (b) published since 1 January 2006; and what the date or planned date of transposition is of each. (137863)

Between 1 January 2006 and 30 April 2007, 10 European Union (EU) directives for which my Department has responsibility for implementation were adopted. These are shown in the following table.

Directive number

Directive name

Date UK transposition completed/or expected to be completed

2006/007/EC

Bathing water quality

March 2008

2006/011/EC

Pollution caused by dangerous substances discharged into the aquatic environment of the community (codified version)

n/a

2006/012/EC

Waste (codified version)

n/a

2006/032/EC

Energy end-use efficiency and energy services

May 2008

2006/044/EC

Quality of Fresh Waters Needing Protection or Improvement In Order to Support Fish Life (codified version)

n/a

2006/113/EC

Quality required of shellfish waters (codified version)

n/a

2006/118/EC

On the protection of groundwater against pollution and deterioration

January 2009

2006/122/EC

Relating to restrictions on the marketing and use of certain dangerous substances and preparations (perfluorooctane sulfonates)

December 2007

2006/139/EC

Restrictions on the marketing and use of arsenic compounds

June 2007

2007/002/EC

Establishing an Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the European Community (INSPIRE)

May 2009

I am placing in the Library of the House a list which itemises the directives adopted together with:

(a) the EU deadline for transposition into domestic legislation.

(b) where, appropriate, the final or expected United Kingdom transposition date.

Details of all Directives in force can be found on the Eur-Lex database available on the EU’s website.