EU to set out electronics waste plans soon
Wallstrom noted the Commission had been consulting industry all over the world about its plans for a directive since 1997.
STRASBOURG - European environment commissioner Margot Wallstrom said yesterday she would push ahead with a directive on recycling waste from electronics equipment despite opposition from the U.S. government and industry.
"My plan is to present a report to the Commission on how we are dealing with electronic waste before Easter (April 23)," Wallstrom told the European Parliament in answer to a question.
The EU directive is designed to force the reuse of metals and plastics used in electronics equipment, such as printed circuit boards, computers and consumer electronics.
Wallstrom noted the Commission had been consulting industry all over the world about its plans for a directive since 1997. She said she planned to take into consideration some points raised by the American electronics industry.
She said, however, she could not accept U.S. government arguments that an EU directive would be a breach of global trade rules laid down by the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
"I do not consider the U.S. intervention on this matter should force us to go off track and not deal with the real environmental damage," Wallstrom said.
"We do not need the WTO to be brought to our attention to stop us adopting stringent rules," Wallstrom said.
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