Sat. Aug 13th, 2022
Brussels, 25 July 2022
See question(s) : E-002016/2022
Answer given by Mr Sinkevičius
on behalf of the European Commission
1. The Commission has not been aware of the situation described by the Honourable Members and has no information on health risks triggered by past pollution in the area.
2. As indicated by the Honourable Members, the area has been defined as ‘Site of National Interest’ for the purpose of cleaning up soil and water, and the progress made can be found on the dedicated page on the website of the Ecological Transition Ministry1.
3. Without prejudice to the Commission’s role as guardian of the Treaties, Member States are primarily responsible to ensure compliance with EU law, and in particular dealing with the effects of past industrial pollution. The ongoing revision of the Industrial Emissions Directive2 – for which the Commission presented a proposal in March 20223 – is an important deliverable to further improve the legislative framework in line with the Commission’s zero pollution ambition.

2 Directive 2010/75/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 November 2010 on industrial emissions (integrated pollution prevention and control), OJ L 334, 17.12.2010, p. 17–119.