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Parliamentary questions
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19 March 2019
E-001409-19
Question for written answer E-001409-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Francesc Gambús (PPE)

 Subject:  Cadmium in EU waters
 Answer in writing 

Cadmium has been classified as a carcinogen element. It is found in EU soils and waters, entering the food chain when absorbed by crops and thus constituting a risk to human and animal health. Several measures at EU level have been adopted and implemented to reduce cadmium emissions in the environment, two of them being Directive 2000/60/EC (the Water Framework Directive) and Directive 2008/105/EC (the Environmental Quality Standards Directive or EQSD).

These require Member States, firstly, to monitor the presence of cadmium in surface water, drinking water and groundwater, and secondly, to put an end to all emissions and discharges of cadmium, by reason of its classification as a Priority Hazardous Substance. Member States are obliged to provide the Commission with data on the level of pollution and measures undertaken to reduce pollution on a regular basis.

In the context of the upcoming and ongoing review of the legislation relating to water:

Does the Commission have information on the levels of cadmium in EU waters?

If so, can it provide such information broken down by Member State, including where the permissible levels of cadmium have been exceeded?

What action does the Commission intend to take vis-à-vis Member States over cadmium presence in their waters?

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