This Commission Opinion which relates to the 2nd Reading before the European Parliament on environmental quality standards in the field of water policy and amending Directives 82/176/EEC, 83/513/EEC, 84/156/EEC, 84/491/EEC, 86/280/ EEC and 2000/60/EC was published on 17 July. The Commission accepted the proposed amendments which relate mainly to the addition of reporting obligations regarding measures taken with a view to reducing the extent of mixing zones, the inclusion of sediment and biota in the inventories of emissions, discharges and losses, the development of technical guidelines through comitology for mixing zones and inventories, an article on reporting and review, an article on the future review of Annex X of the WFD and amendments to a number of recitals.