Germany close to EU waste oils compliance
The German government yesterday re-approved a draft ordinance to comply with EU rules on prioritising regeneration of waste motor oils over other management options following initial parliamentary scrutiny. The government first issued the proposals a year ago (ED 21/02/01).
Germany was condemned by the European court of justice for breach of a 1975 EU directive on waste oils for failing to give legal priority to regeneration and the ordinance is designed to rectify this (ED 09/09/99).
An environment ministry official said the new rules would make little practical difference, as Germany already regenerated 80% of the 480,000 tonnes of waste motor oils produced each year, the highest proportion of all EU countries.
The ordinance still requires approval from the lower house of parliament before it can take effect.
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