Environment ministers agree EU electroscrap law

First-reading common position sets member states on course for conciliation talks with Parliament

EU environment ministers have reached a first-reading agreement on directives to introduce producer responsibility for managing waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) and restricting hazardous substances in product manufacture (ROHS).

The deal contains few surprises but looks certain to raise industry hackles and prompt tough conciliation talks with the European Parliament. The laws are expected to enter into force in around a year, following a second reading and conciliation.

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