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.