Parliament strengthens draft EU battery rules

MEPs vote at second reading to increase producer responsibility and transparency under new law

The European parliament voted to strengthen EU battery rules on Tuesday in a second reading vote. Amendments passed by the assembly include more consumer information and extended producer responsibility. Proposals to increase collection targets and to ban lead in portable batteries were defeated.

The directive revises EU restrictions on heavy metals and rules on used battery collection, recycling and disposal. Governments reached a first reading agreement a year ago (EED 20/12/04). The two sides will have to resolve their remaining differences through conciliation talks, parliamentary sources predict.

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