March 18, 2009
Orgalime have recently submitted their position papers for the recast of WEEE and RoHS. However, it seems that transparency and better regulation have been forgotten with their latest proposals.
In terms of WEEE: A Lack of transparency. Notwithstanding certain stakeholder consultations before summer 2008, the Commission did not discuss key options chosen for the final proposal with stakeholders beforehand. It also does not support its final proposal with sound data, an implementation report or its own preparatory studies that would justify the need for fundamental changes in the directive, i.e. in the areas of financing and collection. As a consequence, we feel that the proposals are completely inappropriate and we rely on the European Parliament and Council to achieve a workable solution. [more]
In terms of RoHS: The RoHS recast proposal claims to simplify existing legislation and to avoid unnecessary bureaucracy and administrative costs in line with Better Regulation principles of the EU. However, the RoHS recast proposal in our view fails to realise this objective, in particular since it overlaps with other legislation and thereby creates legal uncertainty. Therefore, Orgalime’s fundamental request to regulators is to ensure full legal consistency between the RoHS Directive and other legislative initiatives, in particular with the REACH Regulation and New Legislative Framework (NLF) that have been finalised after the adoption of the initial RoHS Directive. [more]
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