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aurelia Aug 01, 2012 02:20 PM
Informations. I am doing my phd in water toxicology and please help me with the following details: - the laws regarding the admitted levels of heavy metals in water (Cd, Al, Cu, Pb, Hg, Zn) and for fish! Thank you very much
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EEA Aug 02, 2012 08:49 AM
Dear aurelia,
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.

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:

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

Since the individual countries are responsible for implementing EU policies, it might be also useful to contact the responsible national authorities to get practical examples on how EU legislation is implemented into national law. Relevant contact links to European national authorities can be obtained at:

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

Hopefully, this information will be useful to you.
EEA Aug 03, 2012 09:08 AM
Sorry, the link to the “Summaries of EU legislation” website was not correctly posted. The correct link is:[…]/index_en.htm