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EC complains of slow progress over ELV Directive

With the European Commission waiting for due data by June 2008 on the performance of member states regarding the recycling and reuse of materials taken from End-of-Life Vehicles (ELV), a Brussels interim report has stressed progress is still lacking. A Commission official told MRW that regarding the ELV Directive, the European Union (EU) executive was taking legal action over four cases of failures to properly transpose the legislation into national statutes in Belgium, France, Italy and Poland. And that there were also two outstanding legal actions regarding what it regards as a faulty application of the law in Britain and Portugal. Indeed there are doubts that the UK will hit the Directives 2006 target of ensuring 85% of waste vehicles are reused, recycledor recovered. Liberal Democrat MEP Chris Davies has been campaigning against what he views as inadequate implementation of the Directive in the UK. He has criticised British rules allowing the last owners of vehicles to declare on vehicle deregistration forms they had scrapped their automobiles themselves without requiring a formal Certificate of Destruction of environmentally sound practice. While the Commission report said: significant progress has been madeto transpose the directive, implementation of this legislation cannot be considered fully satisfactory, as demonstrated by a number of infringement procedures. It also said that although Britain and Portugal had adopted the correct rules: The ELV management systems might not be fully operational. Deficiencies in the effective functioning of waste management systems often result from the lack of enforcement rather than missing transposition of the EU legislation.

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