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Law approximation and implementation in Hungary Ministry for Environment Department of Integrated Pollution Control Nicosia, May 2001 Andrea Nám, desk.

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1 Law approximation and implementation in Hungary Ministry for Environment Department of Integrated Pollution Control Nicosia, May 2001 Andrea Nám, desk officer

2 Hungary’s accession to the EU target is to become a MS in January 2003 provided detailed additional information to the negotiating position paper reduced the extension and amount of transitional periods preliminary closure of the environmental chapter in June 2001

3 Reduced requests for transitional period concerning Council Directive 94/62/EC on packaging and packaging waste: request for transitional period until June 2005 (only regarding the 50% recovery target) Council Directive 88/609/EEC concerning large combustion plants: for plants operating in the non- energy sector reduced transitional period (from 2008 to the end of 2004). Council Directive 91/271/EEC on the treatment of municipal waste water: for the sensitive areas request reduced from 2015 to Council Directive 94/67/EC on the incineration of hazardous waste: no request for transitional period concerning incinerators of waste oils.(In other cases the request for transitional period maintained until June 2005).

4 Withdrawn requests for transitional period concerning Council Directive 80/68/EEC on the protection of groundwater against pollution caused by certain dangerous substances Council Directive 84/360/EEC on the combating of air pollution from industrial plants Council Directive 96/82/EC on the control of major- accident hazards involving dangerous substances (Seveso II) Council Directive 76/464/EEC on pollution caused by certain dangerous substances discharged into the aquatic environment of the Community and its “daughter” directives Council Directive 96/61/EC concerning integrated pollution prevention and control (IPPC)

5 Major programs helping the preparation National Environmental Program (1997 – 2002) National Program for the Adoption of the Acquis ( ) National Law Approximation Program ( ) (yearly based implementation plans incl. updating )

6 Tools helping implementation Programs (e.g. Urban Waste Water Program, Drinking Water Program, National Waste Management Plan) ISPA ad PHARE co-financed projects (e.g. waste water treatment, measuring/monitoring network, laboratory equipment) Institution building and education (incl. staff increase at central and regional level) Special committees, units (e.g. inter-ministerial committee to co-ordinate the implementation of the WFD, inter-ministerial committee concerning chemical safety, IPPC unit)

7 Joining EU institutions/programs: European Environment Agency and European Information and Observation Network (agreement signed in 2000) LIFE III Program (2001 – LIFE-Office established)

8 Progress in law approximation 27 pieces of legislation adopted in one year Major framework legislation adopted since 2000: - Gov. Decree on EIA (updated in 2001) - Act on Waste Management (2000) - Framework Gov. Decree on the protection of ambient air (2001) - Act on Chemical Safety (2000) - Gov. Decree on the protection of groundwater (2000) - Gov. Decree on the protection against major accident hazards involving dangerous substances (2001)

9 Progress in law approximation (continued) Major framework legislation in pipeline (to be adopted in 2001): - Gov. Decree on the protection of surface water - Gov. Decree on the integrated permit for the use of the environment (IPPC) Draft pieces of legislation allowing voluntary participation: - Gov. Decree on assisting companies in the preparation for EMAS registration - Gov. Decree establishing the institutional and legal background for applying the EU Eco-Label Regulation

10 Pieces of legislation issued recently (including industry related ones): Air: - Min. decree on EQSs and ELVs - Min. decree on VOCs Waste: - Gov. Decree on the selection of public service providers for waste management - Gov. Decree on setting fees for municipal waste management services - Min decrees on disposal of waste oils, PCB/PCT and on handling batteries and accumulators and their wastes

11 Pieces of legislation issued recently (continued) Water: - Gov. Decree designating the sensitive areas - Gov. Decree on nitrates from agricultural sources Chemicals: - Min. Decrees on restriction of certain activities concerning specific dangerous substances and preparations - Min. Decree concerning import and export of certain dangerous substances and preparations (PIC consent) - Min. Decree on risk assessment of chemicals and reduction of risk - Gov. Decree on the chemical load fine

12 Legislation in pipeline Air: - Min. Decrees on emission measurement and ozone depleting substances Waste: - Gov. Decree on packaging waste Water: - Min. Decrees on EQSs, ELVs, monitoring Chemicals: - Decrees on asbestos, biocides, GMOs

13 Expected achievements by introducing new environmental legislation Protection of the environment as a whole Better co-operation between regulators and regulated: consensus based and not prescriptive approach Use of BAT: realistic target Improved information exchange: improved environmental awareness Meeting the environmental criteria set by the EU


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