Factsheet: Nitrates

Nitrates

Key Information
Full name of Instrument & Measure (English): 
I Action Programme for protection of water from pollution caused by nitrates of agricultural origin (OG 15/13, 22/15)
Full name of Instrument & Measure (native language): 
I. AKCIJSKI PROGRAM ZAŠTITE VODA OD ONEČIŠĆENJA UZROKOVANOG NITRATIMA POLJOPRIVREDNOG PODRIJETLA (NN 15/13, 22/15)
Description: 
Limits manure application, the first 4 years 210 kg N/ha is allowed and afterwards 170 kg N/ha. Defines acceptable manure application, forbids manure application for some cases. The Programme also regulates manure storage and requires specific storage characteristics (such as volume for a 6-month period etc.). Soil chemical analyses are prescribed. The area to which these restrictions apply is the area defined as nitrate vulnerable - the latter is defined by a specific decision; for other areas, these restrictions are a recommnedation. The Programme also suggests manure for biogas and compost. The transition period for the construction of appropriate containers is 4 years from the date of Croatian accession to the European Union.
Goal/Aim: 
protection of water from pollution caused by nitrates of agricultural origin
Responsible Authority: 
Ministry of Agriculture

Status:

Year Instrument & Measure Started: 
2013
Year Last Instrument & Measure was last Amended: 
2015