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GEIR news September 2018

19/09/2018

Building on the Communication it published in January 2018 on the interface between chemical, product and waste legislation, and as part of the implementation of the Circular Economy, the Commission launched a public consultation on 23 July to assess stakeholder positions on different options and questions related to the four main issues already identified, namely:

* Insufficient information about substances of concern in products and waste;

* Substances of concern in recycled materials;

* Uncertainties about how materials can cease to be waste; and

* Difficulties in the application of EU waste classification methodologies and impacts on the recyclability of materials (secondary raw materials).

GEIR will submit a contribution, focusing mainly on the ways to improve certainty in the implementation of end-of-waste provisions. The consultation suggests several options to deal with that challenge, in terms of the level of harmonisation and consistency of national practices. Moreover, establishing a level playing field between secondary and primary materials is another topic attracting GEIR’s attention. The deadline for contributions is 29 October 2018.

After two years of discussions, the revised Waste Framework Directive was formally adopted and published in the EU Official Journal on 14 June 2018, and entered into force on 4 July 2018. GEIR remains involved in the file as the Commission is currently developing a reporting template for Member States, detailing waste oils collection and use. In that perspective, GEIR is collaborating with Concawe and FuelsEurope, as all associations agree on the need for a robust data basis enabling a fair assessment of the feasibility for setting regeneration targets at the EU level by the end of 2022.