• Deadline for resubmission

  • This notification concerns the resubmission of files for the data flows B to G (reporting year 2015) for which the reporting deadline was 30 September 2016.

    As explained at the last IPR meeting of November and described in the submission-resubmission note (section 4.2), any late resubmission done after 15 February will require additional procedure:

    - For the Member States which have legal obligations under the AQ directive, release of envelopes will be done by the EEA after receiving confirmation from the European Commission that there is sufficient grounds for the resubmission. Member States should therefore always directly inform the European Commission (ENV-AIR@ec.europa.eu) that a resubmission has been made and include details of the required justification as per art.5 of the IPR Decision 2011/850/EU. The justification document must be uploaded in the CDR envelope together with the corrected data flow file(s). If the resubmission is done following an EEA request for corrections, please refer to it in your justification.

    - For all the other Countries, the release will also be done by the EEA. The justification document must be uploaded in the CDR envelope together with the corrected data flow file(s) but there is no need to inform the European Commission. If the resubmission is done following an EEA request for corrections, please refer to it in your justification.

    Please keep in mind that the data base maintained at the EEA will be ‘frozen’ as on 15 February and therefore data transmitted after this date will not be considered for the EEA products in 2017.

  • Deployment of new set of QA checks

  • For the early deliveries, the submission and release process of the envelopes did still run under the QA checks applied last year (v4.0.1). In these cases,the new set of QA checks (v5.0.1a) will be applied for the final feedback.

  • What to do in case of change of local IDs for sampling point, process and/or feature of interest

  • As repeatedly mentioned at the IPR meetings such a change creates some issues when considering the links existing between the different data flows and particularly the SPO local IDs, these numerous linkages ensuring the traceability of the elements (see the graph below describing the links between the different data flows).
    In case of changes of local IDs for SPO, we have tested the possibility to use a mapping table but this solution appears not practicable, difficult to implement and unreliable while at the same time it further increases the overall complexity of the system already particularly heavy.
    In consequence and considering the structure of the internal system at the EEA, we have reached the conclusion that, in case of change of local IDs, the easiest solution would be to resubmit your validated data (E1a) for 2013 and 2014 but using the new local IDs. There would be no need to resubmit the other data flows B, C and G as we plan to ensure the traceability with these data flows through to the EoI station codes.
    However as the deadline for the submission on 2015 is approaching and since we anticipate that many countries switching from AQUI to their national system will face the same problem, we will not be in a position to treat the resubmission for 2013 and 2014 before the submission for 2015. You could of course already upload your E1a files for these two years but these files will not be processed immediately.

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  • What to do when wrong pollutant codes were used for BaP and Heavy Metals

  • It appears that in the past some countries have used wrong codes to report on BaP and Heavy Metals creating incoherence between what is reorted in B, C and G on one side and D and E1a on the other side. Correcting this would require to report all data flows B to G with the correct codes for 2013 and 2014.
    In practice however, we have the possibility to overcome this problem. We therefore suggest not to resubmit with the proper codes for 2013 and 2014 but to make sure that from now on, starting with 2015, you report with the correct codes.
    For memory the codes corresponding to BaP and heavy metals monitoring performed in line with the AQ Directive are:

    • 5012 = Pb in PM10
    • 5013 = Hg in PM10
    • 5014 = Cd in PM10
    • 5015 = Ni in PM10
    • 5018 = As in PM10
    • 5029 = BaP in PM10
    Other codes of course can be measured but do not fall under the AQ directive. Make therefore sure to use the proper codes in a consistent way throughout the different data flows B to G.