In the run-up to the second reading in the Parliament, industry, environmental NGOs and consumers published a joint statement on producer responsibility in the WEEE directive.

The common position agreed by the Council in June 2001 rejected the proposal by the European Parliament to create individual producer responsibility for recycling. Instead, the Council proposed that the WEEE should be collectively financed by all producers. In addition, it proposed that WEEE stemming from producers that are no longer present on the market, should be financed collectively by the remaining producers. (see alsoEurActiv 8 June 2001)