EP Environment Committee discusses position on electronic waste

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.


The draft directive on waste of electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) and its companion draft directive restricting the use of hazardous substances in electrical equipment (ROHS) were adopted by the Commission on 13 June 2000. (see also EURACTIV15 February 2002and8 June 2001)


The European Parliament is expected to vote on the WEEE directive in April 2002. Since the Parliament and the Council seem to disagree on important issues, it is likely that the directive will go to conciliation.



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