Council triggers groundwater law conciliation

Ministers formally reject MEPs’ second reading positions on groundwater and spatial information system directives

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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