The Assembly’s Committee on the Environment, Agriculture and
Local and Regional Affairs deplores the fact that the use and management
of military waste, which represents a significant threat to the
environment, comes under military secrecy. Most of this waste, which
has moreover caused human and environmental damage in the last few
years, is still chemically active and may bring about disasters
on a European scale.
Consequently, the Assembly should encourage the Council of
Europe member states to waive the confidentiality of information
about military waste, where such confidentiality still exists. It
should also invite the member states to create and implement a common
European policy and methodology for military waste management and
to consider setting up a body with the purpose, in particular, of
co-ordinating and supervising national actions.