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General waste legislation
Shipment of waste
- Directive 75/442 on waste
Consolidated version as amended by Council Directive 91/156/EEC of 18 March 1991, Council Directive 91/692/EEC of 23 December 1991, Commission Decision 96/350/EC of 24 May 1996, and Regulation (EC) No 1882/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 September 2003.
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- Simplified waste shipment regulation
On 12 June 2007, the new EU waste shipment Regulation came into force. The new Regulation 1013/2006 on shipments of waste, was decided on in June 2006, aims to guarantee proper handling from the time it is shipped to the time it is disposed of or recovered. To achieve this goal, the relation between the EU and non-EU countries is stipulated in the Regulation, and even prohibits the export of hazardous waste or waste destined for disposal to certain countries. In support of this Regulation Commission Regulation 801/2007 concerning the export for recovery of certain waste listed in Annex III or III A to Regulation (EC) No 1013/2006 to certain countries to which the OECD Decision on the control of transboundary movements of wastes does not apply has been put in place. This agreement was reached on 6 July 2007 and stipulates the way non-hazardous waste must be dealt with in non-OECD countries.
- European Parliament legislative resolution on the Council common position for adopting a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on shipments of waste (15311/4/2004 – C6-0223/2005 – 2003/0139(COD))
Following the co-decision procedure on the upcoming Regulation regarding waste shipment, the European parliament set aside some radical demands from the original version, such as a demand to ban shipments destined for repackaging, mixing, storing or interim processing. An environment committee proposal for the EU to draw up its own rules deciding when end-of-life ships become waste was put down as well. This proposal was aimed at cleaning up the trade in ships for breaking in developing countries. Yet, the new regulation will have tighter enforcement rules than it was previously envisaged. Inspections of shipments and cross-border cooperation between authorities will be mandatory and information on spot checks has been added to the regulation's reporting requirements. Experts claim that the political agreement reached by the Council last year gave national authorities much greater scope to block cross-border shipments of waste on environmental grounds than wanted by the European Commission.
- Council Regulation (EEC)No 259/93 of 1 February 1993 on the supervision and control of shipments of waste within, into and out of the European Community
Consolidated version as amended by Commission Decision 94/721/EC of 21 October 1994, Commission Decision 96/660/EC of 14 November 1996, Council Regulation (EC) No 120/97 of 20 January 1997, Commission Decision 98/368/EC of 18 May 1998, Commission Regulation (EC) No 2408/98 of 6 November 1998, Commission Decision 1999/816/EC of 24 November 1999, and Commission Regulation (EC) No 2557/2001 of 28 December 2001.
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