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New take-back obligation for large resellers

From today on, large retail and online dealers have to take back WEEE from private or commercial end users for free and recycle the waste. The following rules apply:

  • 400 sqm of store (retail) or storage and distribution space for EEE
  • The size is determined per branch and surface (retail) as well as cumulative over all warehouses and distribution centers as well as the total rack space (online)
  • The take-back has to be offered additionally , i.e. just referring clients to the nearest existing municipal collection point isn’t allowed

Two main rules apply for resellers affected by the new regulations:

  1. 1:1-rule: A similar WEEE has to be taken back for free during the purchase of a new product, if the purchaser announced this in time
  2. 0:1-rule: Small WEEE with max. dimensions of up to 25 cm has to be taken back for free anytime without any required purchase

Furthermore, there are some additional obligations:

  • Registration of the reseller and his collection points at the German WEEE Clearing House
  • Hints on the background of the new regulations and the available collection points
  • Annual reporting of any potentially performed recoveries in the preceding year

New registrations by foreign producers already impossible

Despite the transitional period until 24 April 2016 the Clearing House is already refusing additional registration applications by foreign producers without a registered office or authorized representative in Germany. Existing registrations can be used until 24 April. Producers affected by this handling should file their application for the new registration using a German office or the appointment of a German authorized representative as soon as possible, as processing times at the Clearing House are currently excessively long.

Collection rate of min. 45%

From 2016 on, Germany has to collect an average of 45% of the EEE put on the market in the three preceding years. It remains to be seen, if this target can be reached. Currently, the collection rate of ca. 41% is decreasing again. The government is hoping for an increased collection by the new take-back structures to be installed by large retail and online resellers until summer 2016. From 2019 on, the collection rate will further increase to 65% – an amount that can most likely not be met even by the scandinavian member states of the EU.

German WEEE Clearing House publishes new registers (2. Update)

As predefined by the new “ElektroG2” the German WEEE Clearing House has put online two additional registers as well as an update for the existing producer register, all available in German language only at the moment. The new registers are as follows:

  • Collection and take-back points (communities and resellers) in Germany,
  • Operators of WEEE treatment facilities.

Both registers are currently still empty. Above all, the register of take-back points has been much anticipated by consumers to find the nearest option for the return of their WEEE.

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New EAR system goes online

The German WEEE Clearing House, Stiftung EAR, has successfully launched the new digital EAR system over the past weekend. It has “gone productive”, as EAR puts it. The old JAVA system can now finally be removed. In the new system, cut & paste of content into data fields is allowed, and on our Apple Macs, even German “Umlaut” characters are displayed. However, the old interims registration still exists in the form of the preregistration of an user account. The login to the new system now only requires the user ID and the password, the registration number isn’t necessary anymore. The new EAR system is currently only available in German language.

Clearing House publishes details on Authorized Representative

Today, the Clearing House for the German WEEE legislation, Stiftung EAR, has published details as well as FAQ on the new requirement to announce an Authorized Representative (AR). Until 24 April 2016 latest, foreign producers or distributors (form the EU as well as from the rest of the world) need to apply for a new registration via a German Authorized Representative, if they can’t or don’t want to provide a registered office in Germany.

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“ElektroG2”: New Clearing House fees published

Next to the actual law text of the new “Elektrogesetz”, the new ordinance for the Clearing House fees has been published in the German Official Journal. The new ElektroGesetzGebührenVerordnung (ElektroGGebV) will replace the current ElektroGesetzKostenVerordnung (ElektroGKostV), as of 24 October 2015.

Despite all complaints against the draft of the new ordinance, the different fees became even higher than in the draft version as of July 2015! For example, the initial registration of a B2C producer with an individual guarantee will now cost EUR 499,60 (plus taxes), and that of a B2B producer EUR 407,40 (plus taxes). Furthermore, there won’t be any rebated option for additional registrations anymore. Any additional registration will now cost EUR 210,50 (plus taxes), in comparison to currently EUR 35 (plus taxes).

 

New “ElektroG2” published in the Official Journal

Today, the Text of the new “ElektroG2” was published in the German Official Journal. As reported, it’ll come into force from tomorrow, Saturday, 24 October 2015. Germany is one of the few remaining EU countries to transpose the underlying WEEE2 Directive into national law – some 3 years after the coming into force of the Directive and some 1.5 years after the corresponding deadline for the implementation.

Following the publication, some of the most important further deadlines can now be specified:

  • Registration obligation for PV modules and luminaires in households: 24 January 2016
  • Obligation to announce an authorized representative for foreign producers without a registered office in Germany: 24 April 2016
  • Obligation for large resellers to offer free take-back of WEEE from consumers: 24 Juli 2016

“ElektroG2”: Publication and coming into force obviously due

Obviously, tomorrow, Friday, 23 October 2015, the new “Elektrogesetz 2” is going to be published in the German Official Journal which would mean that the law would be coming into force on Saturday, 24 October 2015. This date is also mentioned by the German WEEE Clearing House, Stiftung EAR, on their website. A publication of 64 pages is also planned in part I of the German Official Journal on 23 October 2015. In contrast to these hints, there are also voices mentioning that the publication of the new German WEEE legislation has been postponed until further notice.

New ear system launches

The German WEEE Clearing House, Stiftung EAR, has anncounced the switch from their old digital system to the new web-based version. The current version is going to be available until midnight of 22 October 2015. The new portal should be accessible from 26 October on, assuming that the transition goes smoothly. During the transition from the old to the new system, no declarations or other procedures involving the ear system will be possible, e.g. pick-up instructions by collection points, but also late input declarations by producers.

1. update: Guarantee providers report that their access to the ear system is already blocked, i.e. b2c registrations and guarantee updates aren’t possible anymore for the time being.

ElektroG2 delayed even further

Despite earlier estimates the new “Elektrogesetz” did not come into force beginning of October 2015. The German Ministry for the Environment hinted that it’s going to be published in the German Official Journal until end of the month. Insiders are currently betting on the 42nd or 43rd calendar week. Ironically that would come close to the original estimate which was exepcting a decision in the German Bundesrat after summer break, resulting in November 2015 as the date of coming into force.

In the meantime, over 3 years have passed since WEEE2 went into force and over 1.5 years since the final deadline for the national implementation of the directive. As already reported, Germany is currently facing severe fines of several million Euros per month due to the delayed transposition of WEEE2 into the new “ElektroG2”.

Probable date for the entry into force of the new “ElektroG2” set

The new “Elektrogesetz” is most likely going into force on Thursday, 1 October 2016, by publishing in the Federal German Law Gazette [Bundesgesetzblatt]. Thus, some of the important resulting deadlines would be:

  • 1 October 2015: Entry into force of the new “ElektroG2”,
  • 1 January 2016: New registration obligation for PV modules and luminaires in households; old B2C financial guarantees may have to be revised,
  • 1 April 2016: Foreign producers without a registered office in Germany will have to provide an authorized representative in order to remain WEEE registered,
  • 1 July 2016: Large retailers and online shops have to take back WEEE from consumers for free

Please note that these dates are still to be officially confirmed and, thus, not final!

Clearing House publishes drafts of first new rulesets

Almost unnoted, the Clearing House for the German “Elektrogesetz”, Stiftung EAR®, has published drafts of rulesets in product areas affected by changes arising from the new “ElektroG2”. Preliminary versions of the new rules in product areas 4 (consumer equipment) and 5 (lighting equipment) are available. Interestingly enough, there seem to be two additional equipment types [Gerätearten] which weren’t expected on the basis of the previous planning:

  • For b2c lamps which are not using the gas discharge technology the new equipment type Lamps, except gas discharge lamps, that can be used in private households was created. Above all, this would cover LED lamps with standardized screws or plugs which were supposed to be assessed in the same equipment type as gas discharge lamps (e.g. energy saver bulbs or tubular lamps) until now. The separate assessment in an individual equipment type would allow the separate collection of old LED lamps in the collection group 5 (instead of 4), resulting in drastically reduced costs for these types of lamps on the producer side.
  • Obviously, there will be a separate equipment type for professional photovoltaic modules. It should be called Photovoltaic modules that are used otherwise than in private households. Until now, the assessment as so-called dual use equipment was expected, i.e. the potential usage in both areas, b2c and b2b. As a result, PV modules would have generally been assessed as b2c products, as dual use equipment is managed in that category.

However, the final versions of the rulesets and the permanent assessment into equipment types remains to be seen.

Draft ruleset product area 4 (pdf, German, 45 kb)
Draft ruleset product area 5 (pdf, German, 23 kb)

German Bundesrat agrees on “ElektroG2”

On Friday, 10 July 2015, during its last session before summer break, the German Bundesrat has agreed on the draft of the new “Elektrogesetz” (German link) which already passed the Bundestag the week before. Thus, the legislation can still enter into force during summer 2015. Furthermore, the transitional periods for the product groups PV modules and luminaires in households would still expire this year. Large parts of the law will go into effect on the day after the publication in the Official Journal, among these also the take-back obligation for large resellers of electrical and electronic equipment.

Bundesrat: Date for the final decision on “Elektrogesetz 2” set

The German Bundesrat has set the date (German link) for the final decision on the new “Elektrogesetz” to Friday, 10 July 2015. As the German Government did already pass the draft of the law to the Bundesrat for a first feedback on 8 May 2015, a positive vote is expected. That would mean that the new “ElektroG2” will come into force with the publication in the Federal Law Gazette of Germany. This is probably going to happen towards end of the summer break, i.e. the the transitional period for PV modules and luminaires in households would still expire in 2015.

One reason for the sudden dynamics in the legislative procedure would most likely be the legal complaint of the European Commission at the European Court of Justice, which would result in penalties of more than EUR 6 mio for each month of further delay of the “ElektroG2”. By the way: The original deadline was 14 February 2014.

German Bundestag agrees on new ElektroG2

On 2 July 2015 the coalition of CDU, CSU, and SPD agreed on the new “Elektrogesetz” in the German Bundestag during the 2nd and 3rd Reading. The final decision implements the recommendations by the Environmental Committee of 1 July 2015, following a public hearing of experts in June 2015.

Draft of the new “ElektroG2” as of 13 May 2015 (pdf, German, ca. 1 mb)

Recommendations with change requests for the draft of the “ElektroG2” (pdf, German, ca. 0,5 mb)

(Consolidated version and details to follow).

Bundestag: 2nd and 3rd Reading before summer break

The Second and Third Reading of the new “ElektroG2” in the German Bundestag has been scheduled to Thursday, 2 July 2015, i.e. during the last session before summer break. Basis for the voting is the report by the Environmental Committee and the respective recommendations for a decision. Thus, the new “Elektrogesetz” could be returned to the German Bundesrat for the final voting after the summer break. As no further objections are expected after the first discussion in spring, the new law is most likely going to come into force until the end of the year 2015. The transitional periods for PV modules and luminares in households would then expire beginning of 2016.

“ElektroG2”: Public Hearing in the Environmental Committee

On 17 June 2015, the expert committee for the environment, nature conservation, construction, and nuclear safety has performed a public hearing (German link) on the current draft of the new “Elektrogesetz” (“ElektroG 2”) in transposition of the current WEEE2 Directive. The following parties were present:

For the political parties:

  • Dr. Thomas Gebhart (CDU/CSU),
  • Michael Thews (SPD),
  • Ralph Lenkert (Die Linke),
  • Peter Meiwald (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen).

As experts:

  • Dr. Ralf Bleicher (Bundesvereinigung der kommunalen Spitzenverbände),
  • Thomas Dietershagen (Ingenieursberatung Dietershagen),
  • Kai Falk (Handelsverband Deutschland, HDE),
  • Dr. Holger Thärichen (Verband kommunaler Unternehmen, VKU),
  • Otmar Frey (Zentralverband der Elektrotechnik- und Elektronikindustrie, ZVEI),
  • Uwe Feige (Kommunalservice Jena),
  • Jürgen Resch (Deutsche Umwelthilfe, DUH).

The main positions of the parties (German link) were published on the web.

“ElektroG2”: EU Commission takes Germany to the EU Court of Justice

As already announced in 2014, the EU Commission has referred Germany to the EU Court of Justice as part of an infringement procedure regarding the new “ElektroG2”. A fine of EUR 210,078 (over EUR 6 Mio./month) was proposed for each further day of delayed implementation of the new legislation. The deadline for the national transposition of the new law has expired on 14 February 2014. Germany is still in the parliamentary procedures. After the first reading in May, the next step is the feedback of the Environment Committee of the Federal Government. The new “Elektrogesetz” is not expected before winter 2015/2016.

The Commission has also filed charges against Poland and Slovenia end of April for the same reasons, with a grace period of 2 months. Fines of EUR 71,610 (Poland) and EUR 8,408,40 (Slovenia) where proposed.

First Reading of the “ElektroG 2” in the Bundestag

The First Reading (German link) of the “ElektroG2” took place around 10:30 p.m. with about 40 delegates present. As expected, the current draft of the new law was referred to the expert committees. There were no further contributions or questions from the plenum.

“ElektroG2”: 1st Reading scheduled

The German “Bundestag” has scheduled the first reading on the new “ElektroG2” on 21 May 2015. It remains to be seen, if the remaining procedures in the expert committees and the second and third readings can still be finalized before the summer break, as there are only three parliamentary sessions remaining.

Update: The first reading took place around 10:30 p.m. with about 40 members of the Bundestag present. As expected, the current draft of the new ElektroG2 was forwarded to the expert committees. There weren’t any further statements.

“ElektroG2”: New timetable

The draft of the new “ElektroG2” which has already passed the German Federal Cabinet was presented to the German Federal Assembly for a first evaluation and feedback, before passing it on to the German Bundestag for further reading and voting procedures. On the basis of potential change requests the Cabinet will discuss and vote again, before the legislative procedure continues. The resulting estimated timetable for the next steps until the entry into force of the new law is as follows:

  • Ca. beginning of May 2015: Feedback by the Federal Assembly
  • In May 2015: 2. decision of the Cabinet
  • Ca. End of May 2015: Fowarding of the final draft to the Bundestag
  • Until ca. beginning of July 2015: Reading and voting procedures in the Bundestag
  • Ca. October 2015: Adoption of the law in the Federal Assembly
  • Ca. November 2015: Entry into force of the new “ElektroG2”
  • Ca. February 2016: New registration obligation for the putting on the market of PV modules and luminaires in households

German Government agrees on new “ElektroG2”

The German Federal Cabinet today (11 March 2015) agreed on the new Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act (“ElektroG2”). The next step will be the discussion and voting in the “Bundestag” (the Lower German Parliament). There is currently no date for this event yet.

“ElektroG2”: Technical notification has ended, legislative procedure starts

The technical notification period of the draft of the new “ElektroG2” has ended in February. As expected, neither objections nor any hints on potential trade barriers have been filed by other member states of the EU. The next step of the implementation procedure will be the parliamentary legislative procedure. The preliminary date of the entering into force of the new law mentioned in the draft is most likely not going to be met. Most likely, the new “Elektrogesetz” will come into force in the 4th quarter of 2015. That would mean that the transitional period for the registration of the two new product groups luminaires in households and PV modules wouldn’t end before beginning of 2016.

Guarantee period = calendar year

As already communicated the German Clearing House for the “Elektrogesetz”,Stiftung EAR®, has announced that the financial guarantie for the case of insolvency for b2c registrations will be assessed within the calendar year, from 2015 on. The switch anticipates the coming into force of the new “ElektroG2” (WEEE2) in Germany in 2015. Technically, all guarantees as of February 2015 and after need to be changed so that they end on 31 December 2015., in order to reduce the guarantee period to the calendar year. From 2016 on, the b2c guarantees always have to be renewed towards the beginning of a new year. Furthermore, all guarantees that span into the year 2016 will have to be modified, causing additional fees.

Analysis:

While many producers will remain unaffected by this change, because their collective guarantee (e.g. the Bitkom guarantee system) is already being assessed in the calendar year, especially producers with individual or certain collective (e.g. AON/ZVEI insurance) guarantees are assessing during the period. This goes back to the start of the general registration obligation for b2c producers in November 2005. In the worst case (e.g. for the common start of the guarantee period in November or December), a producer needs to buy a second guarantee police for a few weeks only.

The restriction of the b2c guarantee periods to the calendar year further means that all b2c producers will have to update their guarantee in the 4th quarter of a year. While the update applications are being processed via eMail and fax, each transaction needs to be checked and released by a physical key acccount at the Clearing House, putting a lot of stress on the structures of the organization. Whether or not this will result in a delayed processing and clearance of the guarantee updates, remains unclear at this time.

Final draft of the “ElektroG2” notified

In the meantime, the draft of the new “ElektroG2” has been finalized and consolidated. The document has been sent to the European Commission as part of the technical notification procedure. Along Article 9 of the corresponding Directive 98/34/EC, the Commission and all other member states may now submit potential reasons why the new German “Elektrogesetz” could constrain the community market or the right of domicile. Without any further disputes, the “ElektroG2” is expected to pass the German “Bundestag” (Parliament) and the “Bundesrat” (Council) in the 2nd quarter of 2015, coming into force in summer. There are 3-month transitional periods for two product groups not currently under the scope of WEEE in Germany: PV modules and luminaires in households.

Notified draft of the “ElektroG2”, as of November 2014 (pdf, German, 980 kb)

WEEE2: EU Commission puts pressure on Germany and Slovenia

The European Commission has sent a “reasoned opinion” to the Governments of Germany and Slovenia because neither of the two countries has successfully transposed the new WEEE2 Directive into national law. On 31 March 2014 the Commissian already filed letters of formal notice, for the same reason. The original deadline expired on 14 February 2014.

The European Commission is urging Germany and Slovenia to send details about how EU legislation on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) is being enacted in their domestic law, an obligation due to be fulfilled by 14 February 2014. The new WEEE Directive replaces and updates older rules on waste electrical and electronic equipment and seeks to prevent or reduce adverse impacts of the generation and management of WEEE on human health and the environment as well as to improve efficiency and overall impacts of resource use, thereby contributing to sustainable development. After missing the original deadline, Germany and Slovenia were sent letters of formal notice on 31 March 2014. The Commission is now sending reasoned opinions, and if the Member States in question fail to act within two months, the cases may be referred to the EU Court of Justice.
(Quelle: September infringements package auf europa.eu, abgerufen am 4. Oktober 2014)

The German Government now faces a deadline until end of November 2014 to respond to the final warning. Otherwise, the European Commission is threatening with a formal complaint at the EU Court of Justice. However, the German Ministry for the Environment plans to complete the notification procedure for the final version of the new “Elektrogesetz2” until December 2014.

The reason for the deferred implementation of the “ElektroG2” goes back to the complex forming of the new Government following the elections of the new “Bundestag” in 2013. However, delays in the transposition of European environmental Directives are not unusual in Germany. The current “Elektrogesetz” has already been late by half a year than requested by the Commission. The same goes for the “ElektroStoffVerordnung” which should implement the new RoHS2 Directive.

ElektroG2: Details of the new draft

(Text under translation)

Several parts of the current draft of the new “ElektroG2” have been modified in comparison to the preceding version as of February 2014:

Collection groups

In the future, LED lamps should be collected together with gas discharge lamps (e.g. old energy saver bulbs or neon tubes). Following the ministry for the environment, consumers are hardly able to discriminate between these two product categories at disposal. The extremely high recovery costs in the collection group are most likely result in an increase of LED lamps again. To this moment it is not clear whether luminaires with fixed-installed LEDs or with only a lampholder will fall into the same collection group or in the (cheaper) collection group 5.

The recovery and removal of night-storage heaters has been specified. These products will fall into collection group 1 (large household equipment) under the new “Elektrogesetz”. The prerequisite for a safe disposal is the disassembly by a professional company as well as a tight packaging. As night-storage heaters are usually regarded hazardous waste due to the often contained asbestos, the recovery prices in the corresponding collection group could increase.

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ElektroG2: Discussion of draft has ended

The German Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMUB) has finished the alignment of the draft of the new “Elektrogesetz 2”. Following the Ministry the following steps are scheduled for fall 2014:

  1. Technical notification along Directive 98/34/EC (pdf, en, 93 kb) to avoid trade barriers on an EU level by national legislation (e.g. laws and norms),
  2. Start of the parliamentary legislative procedure.

Clearing House: New Guarantee parameters

The Clearing House for the German “Elektrogesetz”, Stiftung EAR, has published new Parameters for the calculcation of the Financial Guarantee required for B2C products. The new values apply for all guarantee periods starting from 1 January 2015. All preceding guarantees remain unaffected. Next to the usual modifications of the Expected Return Rate, the Expected average lifetime, and the Expected Recovery Rates, the rule 02-003 contains two significant changes:

1. The new guarantee parameter Expected Average Maximum Lifetime

The new value of the maximum lifetime of EEE is used only in the case of guarantee to calculate the fraction of the existing guarantee amount of a producer needed to cover the recovery of the equipment remaining in the market at that time. The Clearing House states:

In the case of guarantee, the temporal liability from an existing financial guarantee is limited to the Average Maximum Lifetime plus an additional year. The Average Maximum Lifetime defines a max. time until most of the EEE which was put on the market in a guarantee period has been recovered. The additional year results from the definition of the procedure for the case of guarantee as defined in § 34 of the draft of the new ElektroG2.
(Rule 02-003, www.stiftung-ear.de, German, retrieved on 1 September 2014)

2. New guarantee values for the equipment type PV modules for the use in private households

The following parameters will apply from 2015 on:

  • Return Rate: 30%,
  • Average Lifetime: 20 years,
  • Max. Lifetime: 40 years (!),
  • Recovery Rate: EUR 200/t.

FAQ on WEEE2 available

The European Commission has published an extensive document with frequently asked questions and answers on the current WEEE2 Directive. It should support producers in the interpretation of the different regulations. The Commission did already present a similar FAQ for the first revisions of WEEE and RoHS in the year 2006. However, as the document has never been legally binding, it has lead to misunderstandings and conflicts with local legislations.

FAQ on WEEE2 (pdf, english, 1,2 mb)

ElektroG2: Important changes to the financial guarantee

For so-called B2C equipment a financial guarantee for the case of insolvency has to be provided by the producer during the registraion, and afterwards on an annual basis. This safety deposit should cover the recovery of any old equipment which is still on the market. As part of the recast of the “Elektrogesetz”, several modifications are under discussion:

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Draft of ElektroG2 under discussion

Currently, the draft of the “ElektroG2” is in the political departments for discussion, e.g. the Ministry of Economics. Next step is a cabinet decision which is unlikely before summer break 2014.

“ElektroG2”: Draft published

The Federal Ministry for the Environment publishes a first draft of the new “Elektrogesetz 2”. It may be freely commented, before it’ll be passed on to the other political departments for alignment.

Draft of the new German “ElektroG2” (pdf, German, 614 kb)

Germany misses deadline for new ElektroG2

The deadline for an own WEEE2 legislation in the countries expires. Germany missed the deadline. One of the reasons is the lenghty forming of the new government after the Bundestag elections end of 2013.

New Government publishes coalition agreement

After lengthy negotiations, the three political parties CDU, CSU, and SPD have published the coalition contract. It also mentions the new ElektroG2 as the implementation of WEEE2:

The European WEEE Directive will swiftly be transposed into German law, collection rates of electrical and electronic equipment will be increased, take-back systems for reusable products will be strengthened, and it’ll be easier to return old equipment. Data privacy must be observed during the recycling of information and telecommunications technology products. To reduce the exports of illegal WEEE the burden of proof will be shifted to the exporter that’ll have to provide evidence that the exported goods don’t qualify as waste.
(Coalition agreement by CDU, CSU, and SPD, as of 27 November 2013, p 119, convenience translation, for information purposes only)

Coalition contract as of 27 November 2013 (pdf, German, 1,3 mb)

WEEE2 comes into force

The new European WEEE2 Directive 2012/19/EU enters into force. Transitional periods apply for most of the updated and new regulations:

  • Until 14 February 2014: Deadline for the national transposition of WEEE2
  • From the entry into force of the national legislation (maybe plus a short transitional period): PV modules and B2C luminaires under the scope of WEEE2
  • Until 31 December 2015: Coollection rates of 4 kg per capita or of the average value achieved in the preceding 3 years

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Publication of WEEE2 in Official Journal

The recast WEEE2 Directive is published in the Official Journal of the EU and enters into force within 20 days. Until 14 February 2014, all European countries must transpose WEEE2 into national legislation. Transitional periods apply for most of the modifications.

Official Journal with new WEEE2 Directive (pdf, English, 2,4 MB)

EU Council adopts WEEE2

The Council also adopts the new WEEE2 Directive which will enter into force after the publication in the Official Journal of the EU. The Commission may propose modifications as soon as the impact of the open scope on economy and environment can be evaluated.

Press release by the Council (pdf, English, 135 kb)

European Parliament accepts WEEE2 in 2nd reading

As planned, the technical, legal, and administrative impact of the current WEEE Directive has been evaluated 5 years after it went into force to plan potential amendments and modifications. Some 3 years later, in February 2011, the EU parliament voted on the first proposal of WEEE2 during First Reading. The draft was rejected, together with several proposals for changes.

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