On 13 April 2011, Germany's cabinet adopted draft legislation governing the permanent underground storage of CO2. The act, which must still be approved by Germany's parliament (Bundestag), would partially fulfill Germany's implementation of the European Union Geological Storage Directive (EU GSD (2009/31/EC). Passed in 2008, the Directive provides a set of guidelines by which member states may establish a legal framework for facilitating long-term storage of CO2. The draft German law, which is not likely to be fully approved until at least September 2011, would only apply to development of demonstration-scale projects storing less than 3 million tons per year of CO2 (with a countrywide limit of 8 million tons of CO2 per year). Broader legislation to cover scaled-up commercial activity would then be considered in 2017. Importantly, Germany's draft legislation would allow individual federal states (Länder) to prohibit storage within their borders.