The COVID-19 virus also impacts the European competent authorities when it comes to process Waste Shipment Regulations documents. In these unprecedented times, it is encouraging to see how IMPEL members cooperate together to adapt their activities, find solutions, work out compromises and continue their engagement under these difficult conditions.
A good example of this is the implementation of temporary measures so that the impacts on the movement of waste shipments are limited. These processes will be reviewed and updated regularly as the situation progresses. The initiative was brought up by the National TFS Office, Ireland, who were asking how the competent authorities were going to adapt their procedures due to Covid-19 and how the need for hauliers to have physical interactions could be reduced. This living document is now being shared between more than 20 Member States, for them to act upon and share with their stakeholders and customers.
As a follow up to the publication of the official guidance https://ec.europa.eu/environment/waste/shipments/pdf/waste_shipment_and_COVID19.pdf, all parties involved are requested to share any information on the current situation as regards waste shipments. The document provides guidance to the competent authorities in the Member States, economic operators and all relevant stakeholders with a view to prevent and reduce possible obstacles to cross-border movements of waste within the EU, and facilitate the implementation of EU rules on waste shipments.