The European Union is looking to align reporting requirements for PRTRs across a range of environmental legislation. On November 7 the Council agreed its position on a regulation which will ensure a more coherent approach to environmental reporting.

 The proposed regulation affects ten legislative acts. By simplifying the existing reporting obligations, it will help reduce administrative costs, improve the quality of available data for future evaluations and increase transparency.

Regulation amendment proposal will apply to the following ten legislative acts:

  • the sewage sludge directive 86/278/EEC;
  • the noise directive 2002/49/EC;
  • the environmental liability directive with regard to the prevention and remedying of environmental damage 2004/35/EC;
  • the infrastructure for spatial information in the European Community (INSPIRE) directive 2007/2/EC;
  • the birds’ directive 2009/147/EC;
  • the European pollutant release and transfer register (E-PRTR) regulation (EC) No 166/2006;
  • the animal testing directive 2010/63/EC;
  • the EU timber regulation (EU) No 995/2010;
  • the forest law enforcement, governance and trade (FLEGT) regulation (EC) No 2173/2005;
  • the convention on the international trade in endangered species of wild fauna and flora (CITES) 338/97.

Member states did not support the proposed changes to the directive on environmental liability. This is because these changes go beyond the scope of reporting, would cause additional administrative burden.  

The proposal can be found here: