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Amended proposal for a Council Regulation (EC) on substances that deplete the ozone layer. COM (99) 67 final, 11 February 1999

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untitled COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES Brussels, 11.02.1999 COM(1999) 67 tinal 98/0228 (SYN) Amended proposal for a COUNCIL REGULATION (EC) on substances that deplete the ozone layer (presented by the Commission pursuant to Article 189 a (2) of the EC-Treaty) Barbara Rectangle Barbara Sticky Note Completed set by Barbara User Rectangle EXPLANATORY MEMORANDUM. 1. On 14 August 1998 the Commission adopted a proposal for a new Community regulation on substances that deplete the ozone layer. This new regulation is required to implement the adjustments and amendments to the Montreal Protocol agreed by the Parties at their seventh meeting in Vienna (1995) and their ninth meeting in Montreal ( 1997). The proposal also reflects progress in the development and market availability of alternatives to ozone-depleting substances, in particular hydro fluorocarbons (I ICFCs) and methyl bromide. Adoption of the Commission's proposal would, in due course, bring about the complete phaseout of all ozone- depleting substances in the European Community. In several instances, the proposal goes further than the Montreal Protocol, thereby maintaining the Community's tradition of environmental leadership in the phaseout of ozone-depleting substances. In particular, a ban on the sale and use of CFCs, halons, carbon tetrachloride and 1,1 , 1 trichloroethane (except for essential and critical uses) is included in order to achieve the complete phaseout of these substances and to help reduce incentives for illegal trade. Additional measures to improve controls on and monitoring of trade are also proposed, including a new export authorisationrequirement in line with the 1997 'Montreal' amendment to the Montreal ProtocoL The proposal t~es forward the Community's policy, based on Article 2F (7) of the Montreal Protocol and already apparent in Regulation (EC) 3093/94, of phasing out HCFCs as soon as technically and economically feasible alternatives are available. S

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