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EU calls on Germany to improve its rules protecting surface waters against pollution

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  • EU calls on Germany to improve its rules protecting surface waters against pollution

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European Commission
The European Commission is the EU's executive arm. It takes decisions on the Union's political and strategic direction.
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The European Commission has urged Germany to correct its national legislation transposing the Environmental Quality Standards Directive as amended by Directive 2013/39/EU.

The aim of Directive 2008/105/EC is to ensure that chemical pollution of surface water does not present a threat to the aquatic environment or to human health.

As part of an exercise checking the conformity of national laws with the Directive across Member States, the Commission found that Germany has not correctly transposed the Directive into national legislation. Therefore, the Commission has sent a letter of formal notice. Germany has two months to reply and to correct its legislation. Otherwise, the Commission may decide to send a reasoned opinion to the German authorities.

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