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‘Hybrid’ European waste shipment system proposed

The European Commission (EC) has published the results of a feasibility study on reporting international waste shipments, which supports connecting national schemes to a pan-European platform.

An ‘Electronic Data Interchange’ for waste shipments would substitute the current paper-based system, which mandates exporters to include a form, Annexe VII, in loads they ship.

Exporters have argued that the move will help to protect confidential business information.

The hybrid approach proposed in the feasibility study would envisage European member states maintaining or building their own electronic infrastructure to record waste shipments, which will then be connected to a central EU platform.

The association of the European waste management industries (Fead) has expressed support for the proposal. It has urged the EC to set out the requirements for such a system as soon as possible.

Fead said an EU-wide system would increase traceability of shipments and improve the functioning of the internal waste markets. It would also accelerate the overall documentation flow and speed up procedures, decreasing the administrative burden on companies and competent authorities.

“The joint effort should be made right now,” said Fead secretary general Nadine De Greef. “As long as there is uncertainty about the configuration of the future EU system, member states will be reluctant to make the necessary investments in their national systems.”

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