Environment Council

Environment Council
  • Start date : 21/03/2013 00:00:00
  • End date : 21/03/2013 23:59:59
  • Where : Justus Lipsius building, Brussels, Belgium

Political Meetings, Council of the EU and European Council, Environment, consumers and health

The Council will hold a debate on proposed changes to the 2011 directive on environmental impact assessment (EIA). The aim of this proposal is to streamline the environmental assessments, enhance the quality elements of the EIA process and reinforce its effectiveness.
Ministers will also have a debate on proposed changes to the 1998 fuel quality directive and the 2009 directive on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources.


Ministers will hold a debate on the draft regulation on access to genetic resources and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from their utilisation in the Union.
Furthermore, the Council will hold an exchange of views on the review of the "REACH system" for the registration and authorisation of chemical substances. The debate will follow a presentation by the Commission of a report on the review of the REACH system.

A presidency briefing, agenda and background note will be published on the Council website closer to the date of the meeting.