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European Commission Launches Public Consultation on Evaluation of EU Rules for Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment

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The European Commission has announced the commencement of a public consultation as part of its ongoing evaluation of the 2012 Directive on waste from electrical and electronic equipment. This initiative aims to assess the effectiveness of the existing rules and determine their contribution to a circular economy, sustainable production and consumption, and the environmentally sound management of waste in the electrical and electronic equipment sector.

The 2012 Directive was implemented to protect the environment and human health, promote resource efficiency, and facilitate the prevention and recovery of waste from electrical and electronic equipment. Since its introduction, significant advancements have taken place in technology, market dynamics, and environmental priorities. Therefore, the European Commission has deemed it essential to evaluate the progress achieved under the Directive and identify areas that may require revision or improvement.

, the Commission received valuable feedback from industry representatives, environmental organizations, consumer groups, and other relevant stakeholders, helping to shape the ongoing evaluation process.

Following the call for evidence, which took place from 6 October to 3 November 2022, a public consultation is now open and will run until 22 September 2023.  The feedback received will play a crucial role in shaping the future of this regulatory framework.

Following the public consultation, the European Commission will analyze the received feedback, taking into account the insights provided by stakeholders. The next step in the process will be the adoption of a Commission proposal, which is planned for the second quarter of 2024. The proposal will outline any necessary amendments or revisions to the current EU rules for waste from electrical and electronic equipment, with the aim of further promoting a circular economy and enhancing environmental sustainability in this sector.

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