Commission proposal for amending Directive 2002/96/EC on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)

Published: 23 June 2003

Policies & Issues: Environment

In accordance with the provisions of the Joint Declaration agreeed between the European Parliament, the Council of Ministers and the Commission during the final stages of the conciliation procedure for the WEEE directive at the end of 2002, the Commission has adopted a proposal for amending the directive on 29 April 2003.

Orgalime welcomes the Commission's proposal which to our mind would solve the specific matter of the unintended and potentially serious financial implications on the balance sheets of producers, which resulted from the original wording of article 9 on financing of "historical" WEEE from users other than private households and which could not be solved during the final stages of the adoption procedure due to formal reasons alone.

The present amendment does not affect the provisions for dealing with WEEE from private households, which are specified in article 8.

Orgalime urges the European Parliament and the Council to agree on the Commission's proposal as soon as possible, if possible during the course of 2003, in order to ensure that member states, who are currently transposing the WEEE directive into national laws, adopt measures which would not impose unnecessary financial burden on producers.

References: 2002/96/EC

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