On 19 February, the European Parliament’s Environment Committee discussed a draft recommendation for the secon reading of the WEEE directive.
The Environment Committee was positive to the rapporteur’s, Mr Florenz (EPP/ED Group), proposal to reiterate the demand from the first reading that WEEE recycling schemes should be managed through individual financial responsibility. The Council’s common position advocated common responsibility. A more disputed issue was the collection rate of WEEE. The rapporteur suggests to raise the level from 5 to 6 kilograms per capita, but this issue will most likely lead to further discussions in the plenary.
The Committee also debated the ROHS directive. The most difficult issue proved to be the rapporteur’s amendment stating that the ban of substances should come into force simultaneously on 1 January 2006. The Committee’s Chair, Mrs. Jackson, suggested that the Member States should declare in the next Environment Council what is their capacity to implement the ROHS directive, and within which timeframe.