The case, initiated by Müller-Guttenbrunn GmbH and HKS Metals deals with the concept of Fast-Tracks for WEEE: making shipments to compliant EU WEEE recyclers easier and faster. Article 14 of the European Waste Shipment Regulation provides ample basis for the concept of Fast-Track Notifications, but implementation can be improved. For this case Flemish, French, UK, Danish and Dutch public and private sector experts are joined by Austrian colleagues to explore possibilities for commonly accepted criteria for pre-consents and mutual acceptance, amongst other things. The working group had its first meeting in the Dutch Permanent Representation in Brussel on September 13.
Making shipments to compliant EU WEEE recyclers easier and faster will allow these WEEE secondary raw materials to flow much in the same way as primary raw materials do, thus boosting the production of secondary raw materials for the European Circular Economy. Also, Fast-Tracks Notifications are expected to free up time and resources from the authorities, which can then be used to fight true illegal exports of WEEE and fractions of WEEE.