Battery row set to go to environment ministers

EU environment ministers look likely to be called on to resolve disagreements over the fate of nickel-cadmium rechargeable batteries (NiCads) under a draft directive introducing the first EU-wide battery collection and recycling targets. Senior diplomats meeting in Brussels this week failed to unlock the debate, in which France, the UK, Poland and Ireland are reported to be the only countries now opposing a NiCad phase-out (EED 08/11/04). Further talks are to be held before the 20 December environment council. See pre-council statements by Greenpeace and EEB.

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