Council adopts new rules which simplify reporting obligations in environmental legislation


The Council is making environmental reporting obligations in EU legislation more coherent and more consistent by amending ten legislative acts. The purpose of the regulation adopted today is to streamline reporting obligations, reduce administrative costs, improve the quality of available data for future evaluations and increase transparency.

The amendments will apply to ten pieces of environmental legislation:

  • the sewage sludge directive 86/278/EEC;
  • the noise directive 2002/49/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) regulation (EC) 338/97;
  • the environmental liability directive 2004/35/EC.