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2004/0111(COD) Environment and public health: restrictions on the use of toluene and TCB (amend. Directive 76/769/EEC)

Progress: Procedure completed

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Lead ENVI FLORENZ Karl-Heinz (icon: PPE-DE PPE-DE)
Committee Opinion EMPL
Committee Opinion IMCO
Lead committee dossier:
Legal Basis:
EC Treaty (after Amsterdam) EC 095

Events

2005/11/25
   Final act published in Official Journal
Details

PURPOSE : to restrict the placing on the market of toluene and TCB and to amend Annex I of Directive 76/769/EEC.

LEGISLATIVE ACT : Directive 2005/59/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council amending for the 28th time Council Directive 76/769/EEC on the approximation of the laws, regulations and administrative provisions of the Member States relating to restrictions on the marketing and use of certain dangerous substances and preparations (toluene and trichlorobenzene).

CONTENT : the risks presented to man and the environment by toluene and trichlorobenzene (TCB) have been assessed under Council Regulation 793/93/EEC of 23 March 1993 on the evaluation and control of the risks of existing substances. The risk evaluation identified a need to limit those risks, and the Scientific Committee on Toxicity, Ecotoxicity and the Environment (CSTEE) confirmed that conclusion. In order to protect human health and the environment, it therefore appears necessary that the placing on the market and the use of toluene and TCB should be restricted. This is the aim of this Directive. It aims to introduce harmonising measures with regard to toluene and trichlorobenzene, which have as their object the proper functioning of the internal market.

In addition, the Directive amends Annex I of Directive 76/769/EEC on the approximation of the laws, regulations and administrative provisions of the Member States relating to restrictions on the marketing and use of certain dangerous substances and preparations.

Annex I is amended as follows :

- Toluene may not be placed on the market or used as a substance or constituent of preparations in a concentration equal to or higher than 0,1 % by mass in adhesives and spray paints intended for sale to the general public;

- Trichlorobenzene may not be placed on the market or used as a substance or constituent of preparations in a concentration equal to or higher than 0,1 % by mass for all uses except as an intermediate of synthesis, or as a process solvent in closed chemical applications for chlorination reactions, or in the manufacture of 1,3,5 - trinitro - 2,4,6 - triaminobenzene (TATB).

ENTRY INTO FORCE : 15 December 2005.

TRANSPOSITION IN THE MEMBER STATES : 15 December 2006.

APPLICATION : 15 June 2007.

2005/10/26
   CSL - Draft final act
Documents
2005/10/26
   CSL - Final act signed
2005/10/26
   EP - End of procedure in Parliament
2005/09/19
   EP/CSL - Act adopted by Council after Parliament's 1st reading
2005/09/19
   CSL - Council Meeting
2005/05/19
   EC - Commission response to text adopted in plenary
Documents
2005/04/13
   EP - Text adopted by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The European Parliament adopted a resolution drafted by Karl-Heinz FLORENZ (EPP-ED, DE) making one amendment to the proposal. (Please see the summary of 20/01/2005).

2005/04/13
   EP - Results of vote in Parliament
2005/04/13
   EP - Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The European Parliament adopted a resolution drafted by Karl-Heinz FLORENZ (EPP-ED, DE) making one amendment to the proposal. (Please see the summary of 20/01/2005).

Documents
2005/01/24
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading
Documents
2005/01/24
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading
Documents
2005/01/20
   EP - Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The committee adopted the report by Karl-Heinz FLORENZ ( EPP-ED , DE ) approving the proposal under the 1st reading of the codecision procedure, subject to just one amendment. This aimed to ensure that TCB could continue to be used in the manufacture of 1 ,3,5 - trinitro - 2,4,6 - triaminobenzene (TATB), which is specifically used in the manufacture of Insensitive Munitions (IM). These ensure that munitions do not detonate in the event of accidental situations. As there is currently no alternative to TATB in the manufacture of IM, the committee pointed out that an exemption was needed so that safety standards of munitions and for civilians living near stockpiles could be guaranteed.

2004/12/13
   EP - Amendments tabled in committee
Documents
2004/10/27
   ESC - Economic and Social Committee: opinion, report
2004/10/20
   EP - Committee draft report
Documents
2004/09/15
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
2004/09/01
   EP - FLORENZ Karl-Heinz (PPE-DE) appointed as rapporteur in ENVI
2004/04/28
   EC - Legislative proposal published

Documents

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  • date: 2005-11-25T00:00:00 type: Final act published in Official Journal summary: PURPOSE : to restrict the placing on the market of toluene and TCB and to amend Annex I of Directive 76/769/EEC. LEGISLATIVE ACT : Directive 2005/59/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council amending for the 28th time Council Directive 76/769/EEC on the approximation of the laws, regulations and administrative provisions of the Member States relating to restrictions on the marketing and use of certain dangerous substances and preparations (toluene and trichlorobenzene). CONTENT : the risks presented to man and the environment by toluene and trichlorobenzene (TCB) have been assessed under Council Regulation 793/93/EEC of 23 March 1993 on the evaluation and control of the risks of existing substances. The risk evaluation identified a need to limit those risks, and the Scientific Committee on Toxicity, Ecotoxicity and the Environment (CSTEE) confirmed that conclusion. In order to protect human health and the environment, it therefore appears necessary that the placing on the market and the use of toluene and TCB should be restricted. This is the aim of this Directive. It aims to introduce harmonising measures with regard to toluene and trichlorobenzene, which have as their object the proper functioning of the internal market. In addition, the Directive amends Annex I of Directive 76/769/EEC on the approximation of the laws, regulations and administrative provisions of the Member States relating to restrictions on the marketing and use of certain dangerous substances and preparations. Annex I is amended as follows : - Toluene may not be placed on the market or used as a substance or constituent of preparations in a concentration equal to or higher than 0,1 % by mass in adhesives and spray paints intended for sale to the general public; - Trichlorobenzene may not be placed on the market or used as a substance or constituent of preparations in a concentration equal to or higher than 0,1 % by mass for all uses except as an intermediate of synthesis, or as a process solvent in closed chemical applications for chlorination reactions, or in the manufacture of 1,3,5 - trinitro - 2,4,6 - triaminobenzene (TATB). ENTRY INTO FORCE : 15 December 2005. TRANSPOSITION IN THE MEMBER STATES : 15 December 2006. APPLICATION : 15 June 2007. docs: title: Directive 2005/59 url: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexplus!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=EN&numdoc=32005L0059 title: OJ L 309 25.11.2005, p. 0013-0014 url: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/JOHtml.do?uri=OJ:L:2005:309:SOM:EN:HTML
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