Evolution for green electronics laws

On 3 December the European commission should unveil its proposals for revising EU laws on waste electrical and electronic equipment (Weee) and the restriction of hazardous substances (RoHS) in electrical and electronic equipment (EEE).

While both laws are little more than five years old, the commission says there is room for improving “implementation, enforcement and coherence”. In particular, the present Weee directive has resulted in “unintentionally costly” requirements for industry and authorities, unnecessary administrative burdens and market distortions.

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