On 10 April 2002, the European Parliament is expected to adopt its opinion on the draft directives on electronic waste and hazardous substances. The organisation of producer responsibility will most likely lead to tough negotiations.
On 21 March, the Parliament’s Environment Committee adopted draft opinions on the WEEE and the ROHS directives. The main issues in the report for the second reading on the WEEE directive are:
- individual producer responsibility is demanded for WEEE, but where the producer no longer exists, or is unknown, collective responsibility should be applied (the Council has demanded collective responsibility in both cases);
- producers should set up appropriate guarantees for financing the management of WEEE;
- the collection rate target of WEEE should be raised to 6 kilograms per capita (the Council suggested 4 kilograms);
- small producers (turnover of less than 2m euros and fewer than 10 employees) should not be excluded from the directive, as suggested by the Council;
- provisions on user information should be strengthened.
With respect to the ROHS directive, the rapporteur suggests that the ban of all concerned substances should come into force at the same time, on 1 January 2006.