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Parliamentary questions
24 January 2014
E-013539/2013
Answer given by Mr Potočnik on behalf of the Commission

1. The Commission has not been informed that particular SACs in Germany or Austria are being used as places to bury cremation ash.

2. Regulating the designation or planning of burial areas is Member States competence. The Commission therefore does not have and does not intend to collect such information.

3. Yes. However, national legislation(1) usually ensures that most of the potential harming substances like traces of residual medication or pathogenic agents are destroyed by high temperature.

4. It is up to the Member states to carry out an appropriate assessment for any plan or project not directly connected with or necessary to the management of a Natura 2000 site but likely to have a significant effect thereon, either individually or in combination with other plans or projects, according to Article 6(3) of the Habitats Directive(2).

(1)27. Verordnung zur Durchführung des Bundes-Immissionsschutzgesetzes.
(2) Council Directive 92/43/EC of 21 May 1992, on the protection of natural habitats and wild fauna and flora, OJ L 206, 22.7.1992.

OJ C 241, 24/07/2014
Last updated: 17 February 2014Legal notice