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Poland - Environment

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Short-term priorities

  • continue the transposition of framework legislation,
  • draw up detailed approximation programmes and implementation strategies for individual acts,
  • plan and launch these programmes and strategies.

Assessment (October 1999)

Very limited progress has been made in these areas. No detailed strategy for approximating or implementing legislation has yet been established. Little additional legislation has been transposed.

Assessment (November 2000)

There has been no transposition or implementation of specific directives. No progress has been noted with implementation of the acquis. There has been limited progress in developing a financial investment plan, and progress has been made with regard to the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive. Very little progress has been made in strengthening the environmental administration.

Assessment (November 2001)

Progress has been made with transposition and implementation of specific directives, notably on water and waste. By contrast, there has been little progress on implementation of the acquis and on strengthening the administrative capacity. Progress has been made with developing a financial investment plan. The Environmental

Impact Assessment Directive has been transposed.

Assessment (October 2002)

Some progress has been made with transposing the acquis, though further efforts are required with regard to air quality, water quality, chemicals, waste management and industrial pollution.

Assessment (November 2003)

Please refer to the fact sheets on the adoption of the Community acquis.

Medium-term priorities:

  • set up capacity and structures for monitoring and implementation,
  • continue the planning and implementation of approximation programmes for individual acts,
  • pay particular attention to drinking water quality, waste water and waste and to large combustion plants.

Assessment (October 1999)

No progress has been noted with the medium-term priorities in this area.

Assessment (November 2000)

No progress has been noted with these priorities.

Assessment (November 2001)

Significant progress has been made in the areas of chemicals and genetically modified organisms. Further legislation is required in the areas of noise and waste. Further efforts are required to improve both water and air quality monitoring. More needs to be achieved with regard to the integration of sustainable development into other sectoral policies.

Assessment (October 2002)

There has been a strengthening of administrative, monitoring and enforcement capacity at national level, though considerable further efforts are required at regional and local level. More needs to be done with respect to licensing, monitoring and planning. Higher priority needs to be given to integrating environmental protection requirements into the formulation and implementation of all other sectoral policies.

Assessment (November 2003)

Please refer to the fact sheets on the adoption of the Community acquis.

Following the signing of the Accession Treaty on 16 April 2003, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia acceded to the European Union on 1 May 2004.

REFERENCES

Council Decision 98/260/EC of 30.3.1998
Official Journal L 121 of 23.4.1998

Commission Opinion COM(97) 2002 final
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(98) 701 final
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(1999) 509 final
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(2000) 709 final
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(2001) 700 final - SEC(2001) 1752
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(2002) 700 final - SEC(2002) 1408
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(2003) 675 final - SEC(2003) 1207
Not published in the Official Journal

Treaty of Accession to the European Union [Official Journal L 236, 23.09.2003]

This summary is for information only and is not designed to interpret or replace the reference document.

Last updated: 19.11.2004
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