Parliament debate on IPPC revision
The second reading debate on the proposed revision of the industrial pollution directive (IPPC) is about to take place.
The European Parliament’s second reading debate on the proposed revision of the industrial pollution directive (IPPC) will begin in mid-March. Discussions will be based on proposals to be made by German rapporteur Holger Krahmer early next month. Mr Krahmer began to draft his proposals after the Council of Ministers published member states’ first reading position on 15 February, based on an agreement reached in June 2009.
A vote on the proposals in the parliament’s environment committee will take place on 27–28 April, and talks between the Parliament, the Council (member states) and the European Commission are likely to begin shortly after. Plenary vote in the Parliament is scheduled for 5–8 July.
The Commission’s proposal aims to tighten controls on air pollutant emissions from large industrial plants (see Acid News 2/09, pp. 14–15). The first reading positions revealed that the Parliament and the Council are in disagreement over whether national governments should be allowed to delay the introduction of tougher emissions standards for Europe’s biggest industrial plants (see Acid News 3/09, pp. 20–21). Here, the position of the Council would allow countries, such as the big coal-burning states Poland and the UK, to delay implementing the law on large combustion plants until 2020 – four years later than the Commission had proposed.
Parliament and the Council could reach an agreement in June, but if the Parliament and member states are too far apart, the discussions may to go to conciliation – an extra round of negotiations between Council and Parliament.