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Fines for Germany over WEEE Directive failure

Germany is being referred to the European Court of Justice over its failure to transpose the WEEE Directive into domestic law.

The European Commission says that rules intended to prevent or reduce the negative environmental impact from the waste stream should have been enacted by 14 February 2014. It is asking the court to fine Germany more than £150,000 per day until the law is introduced.

Slovenia and Poland have already been referred to the court on similar grounds.

The revised Directive introduced a new collection target of 45% of electronic equipment sold that will have to be met in 2016 and, as a second step in 2019, a target of 65% of equipment sold or 85% of WEEE generated.

The Commission says the new rules have eased registration and reporting requirements with better tools to fight the illegal export of waste.

They also link to EU legislation on product design, including the eco-design directive, encouraging manufacturers to improve the design of electrical and electronic equipment.

The UK transposed the Directive into law on 1 January 2014, and was reported to be the first member state to do so.


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