(CIANEWS) - EU member state environmental ministers have agreed on their approach to changing the rules for regulating industrial emissions in the EU. The proposal expands the scope with the extraction of industrial minerals and ores, the production of batteries and specific categories of farm animals. However, for farms, it allows the introduction of simplified permit proceedings or replacing the entire process with a registration. The ministers also discussed the standards for treating urban wastewater, packaging waste and rules for certifying carbon-capture activities. The Czech delegation was led for the first time by Minister of the Environment Petr Hladík (KDU-ČSL).