Council finalises waste directive agreement

Governments agree on preamble to finalise first reading position on waste directive revision

Member states have finalised their first-reading position on a revised EU waste framework directive.  Portuguese presidency officials told ENDS that governments had agreed a wording for the law's preamble, based on a compromise proposal tabled in August.  A deal on the substantive provisions was reached earlier in the summer (EED 28/06/07).  After translation into all EU languages the text will be forwarded as a formal common position to the European parliament in January, signalling the start of a second reading.  Big differences between MEPs and government remain (EED 13/02/07).  See WFD preamble.

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