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Defra and DECC launch consultation on EU waste policy

The Government is calling for views on how EU rules on the environment and climate change, including waste, affect the sector in the UK.

A consultation launched by Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), and the Department of Energy and Climate change (DECC) is seeking evidence to explore what membership of the EU means for the UK national interest.

The consultation is part of a Government review of the balance of legal power between the EU and the UK, and will audit how EU policies and regulations affect the UK.

It covers environmental areas including waste, environmental crime, air quality and industrial pollution.

Consultation questions include:

  • What evidence is there that EU-derived law have benefited or disadvantaged the UK or your sector?
  • How might the national interest be better served if EU decisions were made at a national, regional or international level instead?
  • How necessary are EU environmental standards for the internal market to function properly?
  • Are there alternatives approaches the UK could take to implement EU directives on the environment and climate change?

The consultation on Environment and Climate Change runs until 12 August and will be followed by a report to be published by the end of the year.

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