6th programme and climate change top Environment Council agenda

Environment ministers expected to reach five common positions and four council conclusions

  • Sixth Environmental Action Programme (2001-2010)

The Council will try to reach a common position
on the basis on priorities identified in a previous Council debate
in March and a compromise proposal from the Presidency. The main
issues to be discussed are the need for greater precision when it
comes to timetables and targets.

  • Electric and electronic waste (WEEE)

A common position on two draft Directives on
waste from electrical and electronic equipment and on the
restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in
electrical and electronic equipment is expected to be reached by
ministers. The main issues to be settled are: the possibility to
combine a single text from the two Directives, a timetable for the
application of the new requirements, and a target date for the
replacement of dangerous substances with substitutes. The
Commission proposes 2008 and the Parliament 2006.

  • Climate Change

Ministers will discuss the current state of
international climate negotiations and adopt conclusions that will
set out main EU objectives for climate negotiations (COP6) in Bonn
in July. They will also discuss preparations to ratify the Kyoto
protocol in 2002 and implement the European programme against
climate change.

  • White Paper on Chemical Strategy

The Council aims to adopt conclusions on the
chemicals strategy presented by the Commission in February.
Ministers will discuss the scope of the authorisation system for
the control of certain chemical products, the authorisations system
itself, sanctions, funding, and a register for all chemicals.

  • Integrated Product Policy (IPP)

Ministers will adopt conclusions on the Green
paper published in February 2001. With these Council conclusions
and comments from the public consultation, the Commission will
prepare a Communication to be issued later this year.


On 7 and 8 June, environment ministers are expected to reach
common positions on the sixth environmental action programme, waste
from electric and electronic equipment, access to information,
priority substances in water and cold start emissions from light
vehicles. Furthermore, the Council is expected to adopt conclusions
on chemicals strategy, integrated product policy (IPP), climate
change and preparations in the run-up to the World Summit on
Sustainable Development in Johannesburg in 2002.



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