The European Commission assessed that Poland has not fully implemented the Industrial Emissions Directive. Therefore, proceedings have been initiated against our country.
According to the European Commission, our country has violated its obligations as a European Union member state. Poland is accused of not fully implementing the EU directive on industrial emissions. A period of two months was therefore granted to respond and correct the shortcomings highlighted by the Commissioners.
The European Commission with comments to the Polish legislator
“Industrial activities have a significant impact on the environment and health. The Industrial Emissions Directive lays down rules to prevent and reduce harmful industrial emissions into air, water and soil, as well as to prevent the generation of waste,” reads the European Commission’s announcement.
“Polish legislation does not correctly transpose several provisions of the directive, including some key principles regarding the conditions of integrated permits and permits for waste incineration and co-incineration plants, provisions on emission limit values, as well as environmental quality standards,” the EC noted.
Shortcomings were also noted in the areas of public information and access to justice. According to the EC, this makes it difficult for society to participate in the decision-making process regarding industrial emissions. The technical requirements set out in the annexes to the directive have not been implemented into Polish law.