On the 1st of March, the Commission provided two reports to the European Parliament, the Council, the European economic and social committee and the Committee of the Regions on the implementation of Directives related to the management of certain waste streams.
The first report provides information about the implementation of the following waste directives
over the period 2010-2012:
- Waste Framework Directive (WFD);
- Sewage Sludge Directive;
- Landfill Directive;
- Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive;
- WEEE Directive;
- Batteries Directive.
The report is based on information Member States provided in their replies to the implementation questionnaires. In cases in which Member States did not provide the information requested, the report draws on other available sources of information such as European Environment Agency reports, information from Member State websites and replies submitted for previous reporting periods.
The report concluded that the triennial implementation reports prepared by the Member States have not
proven effective for verifying compliance with the directives, their implementation and their impact. The reporting exercise also requires a lot of resources and it may create unnecessary administrative burden.
The most objective and accurate information for assessing performance on waste management across Member States is the data they have to provide every year on waste generated, waste collection, waste recycling and recovery, landfill and sewage sludge generation and use. They should therefore do more to improve the quality, reliability and comparability of such data. They could do this by benchmarking reporting methodologies and introducing a data quality check report, so that when reporting on the achievement of the targets set out in the legislation, Member States use the most recent and harmonised
These conclusions are addressed in the recent review of waste policy and legislation. In it, the Commission proposed to repeal provisions obliging Member States to produce triennial implementation reports and to base compliance monitoring exclusively on quality statistical data that Member States must provide the Commission with annually.
The second document reports on the implementation of Directive 2000/53/EC on end-of-life vehicles (ELV Directive). Article 9 of the ELV Directive obliges Member States to report to the Commission at threeyear intervals on the implementation of the Directive based on a questionnaire. The questionnaire consists of two parts: the first part concerns details on the transposition of the Directive into national law and the second contains information on the actual implementation of the Directive. Based on the information provided by Member States, for each reporting period, the Commission draws up an implementation report.
The assessment concludes that the ELV Directive has been fully transposed by the Member States. Some cases of non-conformity became subject to infringement procedures and were solved as Member States brought their ELV legislation in line with the Directive.
The implementation of the ELV Directive is mainly positive with the notable exception of the issue of the ELV of unknown whereabouts. Member States have reported good practices working with manufacturers on the composition of materials and the reuse of materials and components, ecodesign is continuously improving, hazardous substances used in cars are almost eliminated, and targets for reuse/ recycling/ recovery are largely met. Member States have also reported qualitative improvements. The infrastructure for the treatment of ELVs has improved, more Member States have post-shredding facilities and the overall number of authorised treatment facilities has increased.
Illegal collection and trafficking of ELVs remain a challenge for the effectiveness of the Directive. Sub-standard treatment of ELVs has a negative impact on health and the environment and leads to a loss of valuable resources. The Commission will work together with the Member States to identify the causes of illegal collection and trafficking of ELVs and measures that need to be taken to address this issue at different levels. At EU level, the Waste Shipment Correspondents’ Guidelines on waste vehicles agreed on 8 July 2011 are a helpful tool for national authorities. However, further measures may be required, such as reviewing Commission Decision 2005/293/EC to reinforce the monitoring of the national vehicle market.