Skip to main content Skip to page footer

elni-VMR-VVOR-congress 2010

"Talking about the environmental effects of industrial installations the European Directive on Industrial Emissions (IED/ current IPPC Directive)"

The Environmental Law Network International (elni), the Vlaamse Vereniging voor Omgevingsrecht (VVOR) and the Vereniging voor Milieurecht (VMR) held a congress at Ghent University on 17th September 2010. The topic was the revision of the IPPC Directive.

In December 2007, the Commission adopted a proposal for an Industrial Emissions Directive (IED). The proposal recasts seven existing Directives related to industrial emissions into a single legislative instrument. This recast includes in particular the IPPC Directive, which has been in place for over 10 years. One of the keys of the proposal is to strengthen the dynamic Best Available Techniques (BAT) standards.

A lot of questions arise. Among others: which lessons can be learned from IPPC? Will the IED offer the highest level of protection for the environment and human health? Will the existing legislation be simplified? Will unnecessary administrative costs be cut?

On the occasion of the 20th birthday of ELNI, the Dutch and Flemish Environmental Law Associations (VMR and VVOR) decided to co-organise a congress on IPPC, IED and all possible and impossible questions in this respect.
At the end of the day, an unforgettable ELNI-birthday party took place!


Martin Führ, University of Darmstadt,
Welcome and opening speech

What about the current status of the regulatory framework?

What about the implementation in the Member States?

What about future developments?


  • Gerhard Roller, University of Bingen:
    Birthday speech ‘How it all began...’


Paddenhoek 3
9000 Gent

Lunch & ELNI-Party
Facultaire Raadzaal
Voldersstraat 3
9000 Gent