In the run-up to the second reading in the Parliament of the electronic waste directive, environmental NGOs are asking MEPs to tighten up the common position of the Council.
TheEuropean Environmental Bureau (EEB)believes that the common position agreed by the Council will weaken the directives and it has called on the Parliament to propose stronger measures in its second reading (see alsoEURACTIV 8 June 2001). The EEB demands that:
- higher and compulsory targets are set for collection and recycling;
- producers should be individually responsible for collection and recycling;
- historical waste should be proportionally shared among producers;
- a ban should be installed on consumers disposing of WEEE in household waste;
- the proposed exemption for SMEs for the first five years should be abolished.
Concerning the ROHS directive the EEB urges the Parliament to:
- request that a ban on dangerous substances come into force in 2006 (not 2007 as in the common position, or 2008 as in the Commission’s proposal)
- reintroduce an explicit statement that it is the EU’s intention to increase the number of banned or restricted substances;
- require that the addition of new hazardous substances should be made possible through the Comitology procedure, and not by revising the whole directive.