Ministers to back open scope for new WEEE rules

Environment ministers are set to agree that revised EU rules on waste from electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) should apply to all electrical products when they meet in Brussels on Monday, ENDS has learned.

Member states had been evenly split on whether a new WEEE directive should apply only to specified products or should have general applicability – ‘open scope’ in the jargon – with exemptions. According to a council source, some eastern European countries, including Romania, have now changed position and agreed to support an open scope in exchange for assurances that newer EU members will get extra time to meet the targets.

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