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MEP tables amendments to Shipments of Waste Regulation

The European Parliament Rapporteur on the revision of EU waste shipment rules has put forward his proposed amendments. Bart Staes, a Green/EFA MEP from Belgium has proposed that plans put forward by the Commission in July should also include air transport and require on-site checks. Bart Staes amendments will be presented to the European Parliament Environment Committee on 27th November.

The MEP argues that on-site checks are needed to verify the type of waste being shipped overseas as opposed to simply checking the paperwork. He also stresses that sensitive information such as intelligence-based data should not be published in the inspection plans. This is in line with Member States’ thinking. During a debate on the draft regulation in October, several EU environment ministers feared the publication of such information would be misused by those trying to circumvent waste shipment rules.

It is hoped agreement is reached on the new rules by June during Greece’s Presidency of the EU.

Issue 29