New-look EMAS scheme gets the green light

Revised regulation set to take effect after final ministerial, parliamentary, approval

The EU's revamped environmental management scheme EMAS is set to enter into force in April after final approval this week by the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers. The votes were formalities after the two sides ironed out their last differences over the new regulation in conciliation talks last autumn (ENDS Daily 24 November 2000).

It is hoped that the new rules underpinning EMAS will increase its attractiveness compared with the less stringent and more successful ISO 14001 international environmental management standard.

EMAS will "definitely be more competitive," said a German official working with the scheme. Not only will it now be open to a much wider range of organisations, but special consideration had been given to the needs of small and medium-sized businesses. The regulation had also been redrafted to "talk an international to all".Follow Up:
European Parliament, tel: +32 2 284 2111, and EMAS third reading report; EU Council of Ministers, and EMAS regulation approval.

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