Commission proposal for amending Directive 2002/96/EC on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)

Published: 23 June 2003

Policies & Issues: Environment

In accordance with the provisions of the Joint Declaration agreeed between the European Parliament, the Council of Ministers and the Commission during the final stages of the conciliation procedure for the WEEE directive at the end of 2002, the Commission has adopted a proposal for amending the directive on 29 April 2003.

Orgalime welcomes the Commission's proposal which to our mind would solve the specific matter of the unintended and potentially serious financial implications on the balance sheets of producers, which resulted from the original wording of article 9 on financing of "historical" WEEE from users other than private households and which could not be solved during the final stages of the adoption procedure due to formal reasons alone.

The present amendment does not affect the provisions for dealing with WEEE from private households, which are specified in article 8.

Orgalime urges the European Parliament and the Council to agree on the Commission's proposal as soon as possible, if possible during the course of 2003, in order to ensure that member states, who are currently transposing the WEEE directive into national laws, adopt measures which would not impose unnecessary financial burden on producers.

References: 2002/96/EC

Related Position Papers

Environment: Evaluation of Directive 2011/65/EU (“RoHS”): Improving implementation in a Circular Economy context [6 December 2019]

Environment: Orgalim response to the public consultation on the RoHS evaluation [6 December 2019]

Environment: The European technology industries’ priorities for the sustainable use and management of water in Europe [14 November 2019]

Environment: Orgalim's response to a public consultation on sustainability requirements for batteries [27 August 2019]

Waste policy: Joint industry comments on modulating producers’ financial contributions for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment [26 July 2019]

Eunomia study in support of developing Guidance for Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Schemes: Comments on modulation of producers’ financial contributions [12 March 2019]

Feedback on the usability of the taxonomy - Orgalim response [25 February 2019]

Orgalim response: Consultation by Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance [25 February 2019]

Orgalime response to consultation on RoHS Substance Review Methodology [21 December 2018]