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Commission Report Highlights Need To Develop Guidelines for Inspections, Brussels

The European Commission's Report on the implementation of Directive 2006/21/EC on the management of waste from extractive industries has been made available. The Report summarizes the answers received from Member States on the implementation of the Directive over two reporting periods (2007-2010 and 2011-2014). The Report highlights the need to improve the practical application of certain provisions of the Directive, especially those related to inspections (Article 17). In this regard, the Commission found that there is a large variation among Member States in relation to the measures adopted on inspections including: the arrangements for inspections, their nature, the authorities responsible, and their frequency.

Directive 2006/21/EC on the management of waste from extractive industries aims to ensure the safe management of waste generated by mining facilities, which includes preventing accidents and air water and soil pollution.  Article 22 of the Directive sets out the implementation measures that needed to be taken to ensure full implementation of the Directive.

Based on the results of the external study and the Implementation Report on the Mining Waste Directive, the Commission would draft a measure setting technical guidelines for inspections of mining waste facilities.  The guidance is expected to be published in 2018 and is directed at Member States authorities and industry. 

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