Members' Research Service By / March 23, 2022

Revision of the EU’s Waste Shipment Regulation [EU Legislation in Progress][Policy Podcast]

In the new circular economy action plan, part of the European Green Deal, the European Commission committed to addressing waste exports from the EU, noting that in many cases, such exports result in both negative environmental and health impacts in the countries of destination, and in loss of resources and economic opportunities for the EU’s recycling industry.

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Written by Vivienne Halleux (1st edition).

On 17 November 2021, the European Commission tabled a proposal to revise EU rules governing shipments of waste. The proposed regulation aims at easing shipments of waste for reuse and recycling in the EU, to support the transition to a circular economy; ensuring that waste exported from the EU is managed in an environmentally sound manner in the destination countries; and stepping up enforcement to counteract illegal shipments of waste. While supporting the proposed streamlining and digitalisation of procedures, stakeholders have stressed the need for significant improvements to ensure that the new regulation fulfils its objectives, in particular as regards exports of waste.

The proposal is now in the hands of the co-legislators. In the European Parliament, the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI), responsible for the file, plans to consider its rapporteur’s draft report in May 2022.

Versions

Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on shipments of waste and amending Regulations (EU) No 1257/2013 and (EU) No 2020/1056
Committee responsible:Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI)COM(2021) 709
17.11.2021
Rapporteur:Pernille Weiss (EPP, Denmark)2021/0367(COD)
Shadow rapporteurs:Cyrus Engerer (S&D, Malta)
Linea Søgaard-Linell (Renew, Denmark)
Sara Matthieu (Greens/EFA, Belgium)
Pietro Fiocchi (ECR, Italy)
João Pimenta Lopes (The Left, Portugal)
Ordinary legislative
procedure (COD)
(Parliament and Council on
equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)
Next steps expected: Publication of draft report

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