As part of the process foreseen in Article 60(2a) of Regulation (EC) No 1013/2006 on shipments of waste (Waste Shipment Regulation), it calls upon the European Commission to carry out a review of this Regulation by the end of 31 December 2020.
It should be remembered that this Regulation implements into EU law the provisions of the “Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal” as well as the OECD Decision. The Regulation includes a ban on the export of hazardous wastes to non-OECD countries (“Basel ban”) as well as a ban on the export of waste for disposal.
In accordance with the Better Regulation Guidelines, the evaluation is the first step in this process. The purpose of the evaluation of the Regulation is to identify the good and bad practices in its implementation and assess whether this has met its objectives on the basis of five criteria (efficiency, effectiveness, relevance, coherence, EU-added value).
This public consultation, which runs from 30 January 2018 until 27 April 2018, will assist the European Commission in assessing whether and how the objectives of the Regulation may have been achieved.
As such, it offers an opportunity for any interested party including private citizens, companies, organisations, public authorities, etc. to submit a contribution by expressing an opinion and supplying useful information.
It is, particularly, important to make a contribution at this time as there are many uncertainties surrounding the Brexit process that waste shipments between the UK & the EU will be impacted.
As an aside, the UK will need to implement its own UK Regulation to meet the requirements of the