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ramezanisaeede Aug 02, 2012 08:27 AM
Dear Mr/Mrs
I am environmental engineering student at Shahid Beheshti university of Iran. I am studing on environmental quality standards in the world, because of it, I need soil, waste, and water (surface, groundwater resources) quality standards and some information about the framework/classification (local, national, and international) of these in European Union and member countries.
I apprecite if you send the requested information to this
Thanks alot for your cooperation
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EEA Aug 03, 2012 09:13 AM
Dear ramezanisaeede,
The EEA produces reports on the state and trends of the environment in Europe. Please be aware that European environmental legislation is beyond the Agency’s working remit. The EEA neither sets nor enforces environmental policies. The EU Commission has the responsibility of making new legislative proposals. These proposals are then adopted by the Council and the parliament, and implemented in the Member States by the national authorities. The Commission has the responsibility of overseeing that Member States act in accordance with EU law.

The role of the EEA is to supply all parties concerned with relevant environmental information. Nevertheless, I gathered some links that might be useful for you.

The EUR-Lex Portal offers a common point of departure for online consultation of all sectors of EU law. It provides an introduction to EU legislation and access to a range of databases:

The “Summaries of EU legislation” website presents the main aspects of EU legislation in a concise, easy-to-read and unbiased way. You can find the section on environmental legislation at:[…]/index_en.htm

The European Commission is divided into 36 Directorate Generals (DGs). DG Environment is the branch of the Commission responsible for European environmental policy and legislation. The homepage of the DG Environment is located at:

Specific information on water is available at:

Specific information on waste is available at:

Specific information on soil is available at:

There is also a lot of information at the European Commission’s soil center at:[…]amp;dt_code=ACT&lang=en

If the above mentioned websites do not provide you with sufficient information, you may also contact the DG Environment directly. Relevant contact details can be viewed at:

Since the individual countries are responsible for implementing EU policies, you may find it useful to contact the responsible national authorities in the countries of your interest. For practical examples on how EU legislation is implemented into national law, I suggest that you contact the national authorities in the countries of your interest. Relevant contact links to European national authorities can be obtained at:

Lastly, I would like to refer you to the work regarding water, waste and soil performed by the EEA. Here, all related EEA products can be viewed and downloaded free-of-charge. The EEA theme sections are located at:

Additional information about freshwater is available in the SOER 2010 thematic assessment at:

Additional information about waste and material resources is available in the SOER 2010 thematic assessment at:[…]/material-resources-and-waste

Additional information about soil is available in the SOER 2010 thematic assessment at:

Hopefully, this information will be useful to you.
EEA Aug 03, 2012 09:15 AM
Sorry, the link to the “Summaries of EU legislation” website was not correctly posted. The correct link is:[…]/index_en.htm