Sub-Committee D's Call for Evidence
SubCommittee D, under the Chairmanship of the
Earl of Selborne, invites evidence to its new inquiry, which has
the following terms of reference:
"To review developments in EU waste policy,
from producer responsibility to integrated product policy, and
to consider their contribution to improved and more sustainable
In the wake of recent developments in Community waste
policy, the Commission has stated that it intends to "upgrade
policy approaches on waste prevention" in its management
In parallel to work on implementation of agreed legislation, several
strategies are in preparation which aim to take a more holistic
approach to the problem of wastelooking at how to prevent
it through design and technology as well as improving arrangements
for final disposal.
The Development of Waste legislation
The Committee is interested in the development and
implementation of current legislation such as the Landfill Directive
(1999/31/EC) and producer responsibility Directives (for example
end of life vehicles (2000/53/EC) and waste from electrical and
electronic equipment (WEEE) (COM(2000) 347)), and will consider
whether they provide a sound basis for moving towards a more integrated
In particular the Committee will consider:
1. How effective are current regulatory impact
assessments by the Commission in assessing the capacity for implementing
waste Directives, and how can cost benefit analysis be improved
in the early stages of a proposal?
2. How will the "extended impact assessment"
process, part of the better regulation package,
which is to be piloted this year on amendments to the batteries
Directive (91/157/EEC), improve the situation?
3. What is the appropriate stage for preparation
and consideration of national impact assessments, to influence
the debate and to ensure that assessments reflect the ability
of individual Member States to meet commitments before they sign
up to them in the Council?
4. How far can costs be realistically assessed
at the EU level, when proposals change significantly through co-decision,
particularly when conciliation is involved?
5. To what extent should amendments to legislation
during its passage through the Community institutions be subject
to some kind of cost benefit analysis?
6. How should impacts be assessed for non-legislative
initiatives such as work plans and where a larger amount of implementation
detail is left to Member States under framework legislation?
7. Could the UK be more proactive in influencing
the development of EU policy? Do Government departments have access
to the skills required?
Implementation of waste Directives has given rise
to problems in several Member States, including the UK. Enlargement
will make the situation even more complicated, since there will
be derogations for the implementation of a number of Directives,
including landfill. For legislation which has been agreed but
not yet implemented at national level, such as the WEEE Directive,
it is unclear whether derogations will be sought in these areas
8. How effective are UK Government departments
and regulatory authorities in assessing the practical implications
of forthcoming Community legislation and in working with industry
and local authorities to address them?
9. What lessons can be learned from past difficulties
to improve the quality, timeliness and effectiveness of implementation?
10. Does uneven implementation lead to problems
of competition between Member States?
An evolving waste policy
11. How is the whole lifecycle approach being
designed to address current limitations of waste policy?
12. With recent rapid development of EU waste
policy, how is the move towards a full lifecycle approach likely
to affect candidate countries? Is their capacity for implementation
being adequately taken into account in the development of new
Relationship to current House of Commons inquiries
This inquiry is designed to complement inquiries
by the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee "Winning
the War on Waste", and the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Committee "The Future of Waste Management: Moving up the
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Communication on Impact Assessment: