09.11.2015

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In this context, while not altering the fundamental structure of the repealed Legislative Decree 334/1999, the legislator has therefore intervened by: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.

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