Planned harmonisation of WEEE reporting in Europe by 2020
The revision of the WEEE Directive was meant to lead to a harmonisation between the various national laws and to reduce the red tape for manufacturers as well as for the national registers. However, different European countries have implemented the Directive in very different ways. As a result, the frequency and format of reporting continue to vary from one country to the next, for example.
The next steps in implementing the WEEE Directive 2012/19/EU
The European Commission is therefore planning to standardise reporting for companies, working together with the European WEEE Registers Network (EWRN), a consortium of European national registers for electrical and electronic equipment.
At its last meeting, the European WEEE Registers Network also discussed additional ways in which matters could be improved in a potential WEEE3 Directive. One idea being considered, for example, is to merge Categories 5 and 6 – i.e. Small Appliances and Small IT and Telecom Devices – in the medium term, in order to eliminate unnecessary bureaucracy for manufacturers.
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