DGXI plans Directive on environmental inspections

The European Commission is drafting a Directive on the inspection of industrial facilities aimed at improving the enforcement of EC environmental laws. The proposal is likely to meet opposition for meddling in Member States' activities, but a precedent for prescribing inspection criteria is provided in recent major hazards legislation.

Last June, Environment Ministers responded to a Commission paper on ways of improving the implementation and enforcement of EC environmental laws by inviting it to develop minimum criteria for national inspectorates (ENDS Report 269, p 43 ). They also agreed to enhance the status of IMPEL, the informal network of

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