Seveso Agreement

07/10/2021

Between the time it was found that the Karin B was carrying toxic cargo and the final agreement on the destruction of the waste, all the uncertainties were virtually uncontrollable. Those who were aware of these broadcasts had previously kept them secret; When they were discovered, all the questions of knowledge, insecurity and responsibility therefore appeared simultaneously. However, when the regional authorities of EmiliaRomagna and Tuscany, as well as several local authorities, took physical possession of the waste, the change was dramatic. In collaboration with each other and with the media and by creating opportunities for the participation of interested communities, they have reduced the obvious uncertainties, from scientific uncertainties to others, such as others. B institutional uncertainties. However, the adoption of a cooperation agreement is a laborious process, as it must be ratified by each competent parliament. It is therefore not surprising that Belgium has been condemned by the Court of Justice of the European Communities for failing to comply with the deadline for transposition of Seveso II. On 19 December 1980, representatives of the Lombardy/Italian Republic and Givaudan/ICMESA regions signed a compensation agreement in the presence of the Italian Prime Minister, Arnaldo Forlani. The total amount would reach 20 billion lire. At the beginning of March, the Council of Ministers agreed on a draft cooperation agreement for the implementation of Seveso III. However, at the time of writing, the cooperation agreement had not yet been adopted. As a result, Belgium did not comply with the transposition deadline of 31 May 2015.

The legal vacuum that exists from 1 June 2015 is more worrying than the possible motion of censure of the Court of Justice of the European Communities. Due to the entry into force of the last phase of CLP, the old classification system for hazardous substances no longer exists on 1 June 2015. This means that it is no longer possible to use Seveso II while Seveso III is not yet in force. The Seveso III Directive, the Helsinki Convention on Transboundary Consequences and ILO Convention No 174 have been transposed into Belgian law by the cooperation agreement concluded on 16 February 2016 between the Federal State, the Flemish Region, the Walloon Region and the Brussels-Capital Region on “the control of the risks of major accidents involving dangerous substances”. However, the timetables are provisional and may change in the course of the negotiations. The Directive and its annexes Other institutional implications of the Seveso Directive The Seveso disaster had a particularly traumatic effect on the exposed local population, as its severity was only gradually identified. The community was divided by furious conflicts. People in other countries have also been much more concerned about industrial risks and the need for stricter regulation of hazardous chemical installations. . . .

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