Innovations and deadlines in the transposition of the Seveso III Directive
With Legislative Decree No. 105 of 26 June 2015, Directive 2012/18/EU was transposed.
The new legislation, with the primary need to be aligned with the classification of hazardous substances and preparations pursuant to Regulation (EC) No. 1272/2008 (so-called CLP), aims to pursue the broader objective of a reorganisation and simplification of the subject and its application.
In this context, while not altering the fundamental structure of the repealed Legislative Decree 334/1999, the legislator has therefore intervened by:
- aligning the list of substances with the classification system pursuant to Regulation (EC) No. 1272/2008;
- redefining the division of responsibilities between the Ministries and Local Authorities, assigning to the Ministry of the Environment a coordination role;
- providing for planning of inspections and also intervening with regard to the sanction system;
- introducing a greater possibility, for the public, to access the administrative documents and to participate in the authorisation procedures.
The article aims to provide a summary of the major innovations in terms of concepts, requirements and deadlines.