More EU states challenged on waste law reports

European Commission to send reasoned opinions to Sweden, UK, following seven others in July

The European Commission is continuing its "concerted" effort to ensure full compliance by member states with EU waste laws, announcing today that it intends to send reasoned opinions (final warnings) to Sweden and the UK. Both countries have only partially complied with a requirement under the EU's 1991 framework waste directive to communicate waste management plans covering that directive as well as the 1991 hazardous waste directive and the 1994 packaging directive, the Commission said. Seven other EU countries were to be sent similar reasoned opinions earlier this year, the Commission announced in July (ENDS Daily 3 July). Formal notices or first warnings were sent to 13 member states late last year (ENDS Daily 17 October 1997). In a statement released today, the Commission reiterated its belief that waste management plans were a "key element" in EU waste policy. Sweden has notified plans for virtually every municipality, it said, but two out of 288 "could not be considered to be waste management plans in the sense of the framework waste directive," while 206 plans did not contain a separate chapter on packaging waste as required. In the case of the UK, only eight out of more than 160 local waste management plans it has received "conform with all requirements," the Commission said. "Many" of the plans did not contain information on hazardous waste, and just one plan "appeared to contain" a chapter on packaging waste.

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