Next steps in EU better regulation plan revealed

Over 200 items of EU legislation targeted; laws on waste, air emissions, RoHS and WEEE could be simplified

The European Commission has announced a three-year plan to scrap, codify or recast over 200 items of EU legislation in the latest step in its drive for better regulation. The list of laws that will be affected includes directives and regulations on waste, air pollution, electrical and electronic equipment and industrial pollution control.

The plan aims "to win back the confidence of citizens" and not to put "EU policy objectives such as environment or consumer protection in doubt", Commission vice-president G√ľnter Verheugen told MEPs at the launch of the initiative in Strasbourg on Tuesday.

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