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Commission backs amended batteries directive

The European Commission has supported changes made by governments to draft EU batteries legislation. The Council of ministers adopted its common position in July (EED 20/07/05). Most significantly, governments opted for a partial ban on nickel cadmium batteries rather than high collection and recycling targets as proposed by the Commission. The EU executive said it accepted this as long as the same level of environmental protection was achieved. The council's decision to allow ten years for achievement of a 45% collection target for all batteries "could be more ambitious", it added. See communication.

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