EU waste shipment barriers questioned

European court advisers oppose Netherlands on recovery vs. disposal, Germany on charges

The European court of justice yesterday released two advocates general legal opinions suggesting that the Dutch and German governments have exceeded the bloc's 1993 waste shipments directive regarding national controls on waste exports.

In one opinion, court advocate general Francis Jacobs assesses arguments referred by the Netherlands' highest administrative court arising from a dispute between the Dutch environment ministry and the company Verol Recycling Limburg over a waste export licence.

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