The European Commission is inviting interested parties to submit their comments and concerns related to EU legislation on the following topics:

  1. The Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive: This is merely a generic request for feedback. The Commission will be releasing a revised RoHS Directive in 2021 and is, therefore, offering a chance for industry to have its say on the effectiveness of the RoHS Directive in its current form, so that, in its words, the revisions to the Directive are able to strike a balance in protecting the rights and interests of all the affected stakeholder groups.

The purpose of this consultation is to gather views on how the restriction of hazardous substances in electronic products works in practice: what works well, what does not and why. Any submissions should be prepared and submitted in the manner prescribed on the consultation page. The last date for submissions is 6 December 2019.

  1. The End-of-life Vehicles (ELV) Directive: The ELV Directive obliges the Commission to evaluate it by the end of 2020. In this case, the focus is on the implementation of the Directive, the feasibility of setting reporting targets and how the Directive deals with vehicles of unknown whereabouts.

Those engaged in producing, recycling, shredding, recovering, treating, collecting, distributing or insuring vehicles in the EU are invited to voice concerns and answer the questionnaire on the consultation page. The last date for submissions is 29 October 2019.

If you are unsure as to whether your business could potentially be impacted, or need legal advice before preparing your submission, or advice related to these and other environmental laws (EU or otherwise) more generally, please do contact the Environment, Health and Safety team at Reed Smith.