Standardised rules for compliance reports on EC laws

The official text of a Directive intended to improve reporting by Member States of their compliance with EC environmental legislation has now been published.1 It will introduce standardised reporting arrangements for more than 30 Directives, but will make little impact before 1997.

The background to the legislation was explained when it was issued in draft by the European Commission in mid-1990 (ENDS Report 188, pp 32-3). In essence, it marks yet another attempt to improve the flow of information to the Commission about Member States' compliance with environmental Directives. Until now they have reported inconsistently to Brussels, partly because the Directives themselves contain inconsistent reporting requirements.

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