EU governments have formally rejected the European parliament’s second reading positions on directives on groundwater pollution and a European spatial information system called Inspire. The move, ratified at Tuesday’s meeting of EU finance ministers, gives the green light for the two sides to begin head-to-head conciliation talks on both laws. The parliament gave its second reading on each in June (EED 14/06/06 and EED 15/06/06). The Finnish presidency proposed rejection of some of parliament’s amendments on the groundwater directive in July (EED 19/07/06). See council conclusions.
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