[EU] Reminder of the main EU financial instruments to help Member States manage WEEE more effectively

The answer of the European Commissioner for Environment to a parliamentary question concerning EU’s support to help Member States manage waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) more effectively was published in the OJEU C 335 of 25 September 2014. The Commissioner reminded which are the main EU financial instruments aiming to help Member States manage WEEE more effectively in order to comply with the new obligations under the revised Directive 2012/19/EU of 4 July 2012 on WEEE (entered into force in February 2014).

Thus, the Commissioner reminded that projects and initiatives for waste management may be eligible for financial contributions through the EU budget, under the European Regional Development Fund and the Cohesion Fund.

Furthermore, financial support is also available through two specific programmes: the LIFE fund and the Eco-Innovation and Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme.

Finance for sound and sustainable projects on waste management can also be provided under “Horizon 2020” as well as by the European Investment Bank.

As a reminder, the revised Directive 2012/19/EU of 4 July 2012 on WEEE was published in the OJEU L 197 of 24 July 2012. It’s main objectives are to clarify the existing regulations for WEEE, to set higher targets and greater requirements to collect very small WEEE and to further simplify registration and reporting procedures.

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Sources : Question for written answer E-003101/14 to the Commission and answer given by the European Commissioner for Environment on 15 May 2014, OJEU C 335 of 25 September 2014, p. 28