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Parliamentary questions
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30 October 2019
E-003549/2019
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Martin Hojsík
 Answer in writing 
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Non-compliance of Poland with Council Directive 96/59/EC

It has come to our attention that the Polish regional environmental authorities identify whether capacitors potentially contain polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) using an incomplete positive list, which could lead to false identification and the potential emission of PCBs into the environment. In such a case, Poland would fail to comply with European Council Directive 96/59/EC of 16 September 1996 on the disposal of polychlorinated biphenyls and polychlorinated terphenyls (PCB/PCT).

Does the Commission acknowledge that there is the risk of false negative identification of capacitors when this is based on the list established in the decree of 26 September 2002 issued by the Polish Government? Can it exclude the possibility that the Polish environmental authorities use the list laid down in the decree as a positive list to identify whether capacitors contain PCBs? If it cannot, what impact does it think that this failure to comply will have on the environment?

Does it recognise that Poland’s use of a positive list fails to comply with the aforementioned directive on PCBs and PCTs?

How will it ensure Poland’s total compliance and what timeline does it expect to this end?

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