European authorities have backed amendments to regulations on waste shipments that will prescribe inspection plans and the sharing of information on illegal exports.
The new rules, which lay down requirements for shipment of waste within the EU and between the EU and third countries, contain more stringent measures to uniform export control across countries.
This is to stop the practice of “port hopping”, exporters of illegal waste choosing to send their waste through countries with fewer controls.
The measures include:
- member states need to establish detailed inspection plans
- the plans must be based on a risk-assessment
- member states need to make publicly available the information on inspections.
To come into effect, the text still needs to be formally approved by the EU Parliament, whose vote in plenary is expected to take place on 17 April, and the EU Council, which is due to take its decision after the parliamentary vote.
The regulation will enter into force 20 days after its publication in the EU Official Journal. It will come into effect from 1 January 2016.