Documents considered by the Committee on 18 March 2015 - European Scrutiny Contents


25 EU legislation on waste

Committee's assessment Legally and politically important
Committee's decisionCleared from scrutiny; recommendation for debate in European Committee rescinded
Document detailsAmendments to EU legislation on waste
Legal baseArticles 114 and 191(2) TFEU; co-decision; QMV
DepartmentEnvironment, Food and Rural Affairs and Business, Innovation and Skills
Document numbers(36209), 11598/14 + ADDs 1-10, COM(14) 397

Summary and Committee's conclusions

25.1 In July 2014, the Commission put forward, as part of a wider zero waste programme for Europe, this draft Directive proposing a number of changes to a range of existing EU Directives on waste, and, in our Report of 3 September 2014, we concluded that it raised a number of important issues, and should therefore be debated in European Committee A.

25.2 We have now been informed by the Government that the Commission has formally withdrawn this proposal, with a view to replacing it with broader and more ambitious proposals. We are therefore releasing it from scrutiny (and thus rescinding our earlier debate recommendation).

Full details of the documents: Draft Directive amending Directives 2008/98/EC on waste, 94/62/EC on packaging and packaging waste, 1999/31/EC on the landfill of waste, 2000/53/EC on end-of-life vehicles, 2006/66/EC on batteries and accumulators and waste batteries and accumulators, and 2012/19/EU on waste electrical and electronic equipment: (36209), 11598/14, + ADDs 1-10, COM(14) 397.

Background

25.3 In its Communication[55] on the development of a zero waste programme for Europe, the Commission identified a number of ways in which amendments might be made to various EU legislative measures relating to waste, and this draft Directive accordingly proposes a number of changes — including more stringent recycling targets and restricting the quantity of waste sent for landfill — to Directive 2008/98 on waste; Directive 94/62/EC on packaging and packaging waste; Directive 1999/31/EC on the landfill of waste; Directive 2000/53/EC on end-of-life vehicles; Directive 2006/66/EC on batteries and accumulators and waste batteries and accumulators; and Directive 2012/19/EU on waste electrical and electronic equipment.

25.4 In our Report of 3 September 2014, we observed that this was clearly a wide-ranging and significant piece of legislation, which sought to give effect to the proposals set out in the Commission's wider Communication, but we noted the Government's comment that many of the Commission's key assumptions were simplistic, that it had underestimated the true costs of implementing the proposals, and that a proposal setting out for the first time stringent criteria regarding the extension of producer responsibility did not comply with the principle of subsidiarity.

25.5 Although we took the view that this last concern did not justify recommending that the House should issue a Reasoned Opinion under Protocol 2 to the Treaty on Functioning of the European Union (TFEU), we did say that, as the proposal raised a number of other important issues, it should be debated in European Committee A, alongside the Commission's Communication on the development of a zero waste programme.

25.6 We have now received a letter of 11 March 2015 from the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Dan Rogerson) pointing out that the Commission has formally withdrawn this proposal, with a view to replacing it with broader and more ambitious proposals on the whole circular economy.

Previous Committee Reports

Ninth Report HC 219-ix (2014-15), chapter 3 (3 September 2014).


55   (36203) 11592/14: Ninth Report HC 219-ix (2014-15), chapter 2 (3 September 2014). Back


 
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