After wide-ranging discussions, the EU member states' environment ministers finally reached political agreement on amendments to the EU Directive on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). A compromise suggested by the Hungarian Presidency was approved by the ministers at their Council meeting on Monday. Among other aspects, it foresees a gradual adaptation of the collection target. Furthermore, the ministers planned on an open scope for the Directive, but only following a transitional period of six years. Negotiations with the European Parliament to reach agreement ahead of the legislative project's second reading are planned to be held in the second half of the year. Differences between the two European institutions exist over collection targets and the scope of the directive.
Environment ministers reach agreement on WEEE Directive
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