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Decree No. 27 of 2006 (II. 7.) Korm of the Government on the protection of waters against pollution caused by nitrates from agricultural sources.

Document type
2006 (2017)
Agricultural & rural development, Environment gen., Water
Data collection/reporting Effluent waste water/discharge Zoning Sustainable use Access-to-information Farming Freshwater pollution Inland waters Groundwater Monitoring Pollution control Surface water Soil pollution/quality Freshwater resources management Public participation
Geographical area
Eastern Europe, Europe, Europe and Central Asia, European Union Countries
Entry into force notes
The consolidated version of the Decree entered into force on 1 September 2013.

The purpose of this Decree is to protect waters against pollution caused by nitrates from agricultural sources and to reduce the level of already existing pollution caused by nitrates. This Decree applies to those engaged in agriculture and to those activities affecting surface and underground waters. Article 4 provides for the designation of nitrate vulnerable zones and they must be reviewed once in four years. Article 5 contains a list of principal nitrate vulnerable zones. Agricultural activities in nitrate vulnerable zones may be exercised in conformity with the provisions of the action program and the compulsory rules of the Good Agricultural Practices referred to by the action program. The action program is to be enacted in separate ministerial decree. General rules of nitrate pollution prevention are contained in Article 7. Information of farmers is foreseen by Article 8. Articles 10 and 11 cover inspection and control of implementation and observation of the provisions of this Decree by the competent animal production and soil conservation authorities. A penalty may be levied in certain cases for offenders. Article 12 foresees a national monitoring system.

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References - Legislation


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Legislation | Hungary | 1995 (2023)

Keyword: Framework law, Protection of environment, Environmental planning, EIA, Institution, Access-to-information, Soil conservation/soil improvement, Special fund, Basic legislation, Offences/penalties, Waste management, Radiation, Noise pollution, Ecosystem preservation, Precautionary principle, Liability/compensation, Education, Research, Data collection/reporting, Enforcement/compliance, Pollution control, Polluter pays principle, Policy/planning, Sustainable development, Sustainable use


Council Directive 91/676/EEC concerning the protection of waters against pollution caused by nitrates from agricultural sources.

Legislation | European Union | 1991 (2008)

Keyword: Soil pollution/quality, Fertilizers/nutrients, Protection of environment, Farming, Agricultural development, Organic waste, Waste prevention, Waste management, Pollution control, Freshwater pollution


Directive 2003/35/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council providing for public participation in respect of the drawing up of certain plans and programmes relating to the environment and amending with regard to public participation and access to justice Council Directives 85/337/EEC and 96/61/EC.

Legislation | European Union | 2003

Keyword: Environmental planning, Access-to-information, Legal proceedings/administrative proceedings, Access-to-justice, Governance, Public participation, Policy/planning



Decree No. 41 of 1997 (V. 28.) FM of the Ministry of Agriculture publishing the Animal Health Regulation.

Legislation | Hungary | 1997 (2014)

Keyword: Poultry products, Milk/dairy products, Food quality control/food safety, Inspection, Meat, Internal trade, International trade, Pesticides, Drugs, Animal feed/feedstuffs, Animal health, Hygiene/sanitary procedures, Institution, Pests/diseases, MRL-maximum residue limit, Data collection/reporting, Early warning system, Transport/storage, Apiculture/sericulture, Animal production