This stakeholder workshop is part of the public consultation to underpin the fitness check of the EU Ambient Air Quality Directives undertaken by the European Commission.
Update: revised minutes of the meeting are available.
Digitisation and its impact on jobs and skills, as well as measures to develop the European data economy are on the agenda. The meeting of the EEA Council will also be preceded by an informal political dialogue with the EEA EFTA States. The meeting will be chaired by Mr Sven Mikser, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Estonia. Discussions will focus on the implications for the EEA Agreement of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU and the Eastern Partnership.
Environmental pressures caused by heavy metal emissions from Europe’s large industrial facilities decreased from 2010 to 2016, according to new data from the European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (E-PRTR), released by the European Environment Agency (EEA). A small fraction of facilities was responsible for more than half of the environmental pressures linked to heavy metal pollution in 2016.
The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of Ilva by ArcelorMittal. The decision is conditional on the divestiture of an extensive remedy package to preserve effective competition on European steel markets to the benefit of consumers and businesses.
“Article 7 of the Regulation sets the requirements for the annual reporting by Member States which covers the releases to air and water for 91 substances, as well as the transfers of pollutants in water and the transfer of waste from industrial facilities across 65 sectors. The register includes information of more than 33 000 facilities in 33 countries (EU28, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland and Serbia).”