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Parliamentary questions
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30 May 2016
Question for written answer E-004341-16
to the Commission
Rule 130
Jerzy Buzek (PPE)

 Subject:  Impact assessment for the LCP BREF (Large Combustion Plants Best Available Techniques Reference Document)
 Answer in writing 

The Commission’s commitment to better regulation (COM(2015) 0215) seeks to ensure that the link between industrial competiveness and sustainable growth is reflected throughout EU legislation. The Commission communication explicitly states that for ‘important implementing acts which are subject to Committee opinion […] proportionate impact assessments will also be necessary whenever impacts are likely to be significant’. The LCP BREF BAT conclusions are precisely such an implementing act, requiring multi-billion investments from the EU energy and industry sectors by 2021 in order to comply with it.

Thus far, responding to industry calls for impact assessment, the Commission has argued that it can be undertaken on a case-by-case basis at plant level via the Industrial Emissions Directive Article 15(4) procedure. While recognising the value of this procedure, one must point out that it falls far short of the scope of an impact assessment accompanying a legislative act.

In this context, will the Commission present an impact assessment of the proposed LCP BREF BAT conclusions prior to their adoption, evaluating the investment costs required of individual Member States in order to reach the proposed Best Available Techniques Associated Emission Levels (BAT-AELs) in each energy and industry sector, and taking account of the implications of this important implementing act for the competitiveness of EU industry and for national security of supply?

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