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2017/0013(COD) Restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment: scope of the Directive

Progress: Procedure completed

RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Lead ENVI VĂLEAN Adina-Ioana (icon: PPE PPE) KADENBACH Karin (icon: S&D S&D), DOHRMANN Jørn (icon: ECR ECR), HUITEMA Jan (icon: ALDE ALDE), RIVASI Michèle (icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE), PEDICINI Piernicola (icon: EFDD EFDD), D'ORNANO Mireille (icon: ENF ENF)
Committee Opinion ITRE
Committee Opinion JURI
Lead committee dossier:
Legal Basis:
TFEU 114

Events

2017/12/06
   EC - Commission response to text adopted in plenary
Documents
2017/11/21
   Final act published in Official Journal
Details

PURPOSE: to contribute to the protection of human health and the environmentally sound recovery and disposal of waste electrical and electronic equipment

(EEE) by means of the restriction of the use of hazardous substances in EEE.

LEGISLATIVE ACT : Directive (EU) 2017/2102 of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2011/65/EU on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment.

CONTENT: the Directive provides for the exclusion of pipe organs and non-road mobile machinery with a traction drive powered by an external power source from the scope of application of Directive 2011/65/EU.

It also provides for the promotion of promote a circular economy in the Union by lifting the prohibition of secondary market operations (which involve repair, replacement of spare parts, refurbishment and reuse, and retrofitting) for EEE that fell outside the scope of the previous Directive 2002/95/EC, but which would not comply with Directive 2011/65/EU .

The Directive specifies that reused spare parts , recovered from EEE, shall be exempted provided that reuse takes place in auditable closed-loop business-to-business return systems, and that the reuse of spare parts is notified to the consumer.

The Commission will be required to provide to the applicant, the Member States and the European Parliament a timeline for the adoption of its decision on granting, renewing or revoking an exemption within one month of receipt of the a request for exemption.

ENTRY INTO FORCE: 11.12.2017.

TRANSPOSITION: by 12.6.2019.

2017/11/15
   CSL - Draft final act
Documents
2017/11/15
   CSL - Final act signed
2017/11/15
   EP - End of procedure in Parliament
2017/10/23
   EP/CSL - Act adopted by Council after Parliament's 1st reading
2017/10/23
   CSL - Council Meeting
2017/10/03
   EP - Results of vote in Parliament
2017/10/03
   EP - Decision by Parliament, 1st reading
Details

The European Parliament adopted by 645 votes to 28, with 6 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2011/65/EU on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment.

The European Parliament’s position adopted at first reading following the ordinary legislative procedure amended the Commission proposal as follows:

Assessment of existing equipment : to take account of the concept of circular economy, Parliament proposed to use not only repair, replacement of spare parts, refurbishment and reuse but also retrofitting as an assessment of the state of existing equipment.

Conditions for exemption : Parliament clarified that reused spare parts from EEE should be exempted provided that reuse takes place in auditable closed-loop business-to-business return systems , and that the reuse of spare parts is notified to the consumer.

Exemptions limiting the use of certain hazardous substances shall apply to reused spare parts:

recovered from EEE placed on the market before 1 July 2006 and used in EEE placed on the market before 1 July 2016; recovered from medical devices or monitoring and control instruments placed on the market before 22 July 2014 and used in EEE placed on the market before 22 July 2024; recovered from in vitro diagnostic medical devices placed on the market before 22 July 2016 and used in EEE placed on the market before 22 July 2026; recovered from industrial monitoring and control instruments placed on the market before 22 July 2017 and used in EEE placed on the market before 22 July 2027; recovered from all other EEE that was outside the scope of Directive 2002/95/EC and which is placed on the market before 22 July 2019, and used in EEE placed on the market before 22 July 2029.

Requests for renewal of exemptions : Parliament introduced an obligation for the Commission to communicate to the applicant, the Member States and the European Parliament a timeline for the adoption of its decision on the application, renewal or revocation of an exemption, within one month of receipt of the exemption request.

Transposition : Member States shall transpose the Directive 18 months after the date of entry into force of this Directive but no later than 21 July 2019.

Documents
2017/07/11
   EP - Approval in committee of the text agreed at 1st reading interinstitutional negotiations
Documents
2017/07/05
   ESC - Economic and Social Committee: opinion, report
Documents
2017/06/14
   EP - Committee decision to enter into interinstitutional negotiations confirmed by plenary (Rule 71)
2017/06/12
   EP - Committee decision to enter into interinstitutional negotiations announced in plenary (Rule 71)
2017/06/01
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading
Details

The Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety adopted the report by Adina-Ioana VĂLEAN (EPP, RO) on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2011/65/EU on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment.

As a reminder, the Commission’s proposal amends the scope of Directive 2011/65/EU on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (or RoHS 2). The scope review aims to tackle ‘unintended side-effects’ of the Directive that would arise after 22 July 2019.

The parliamentary committee recommended that the European Parliament’s position adopted at first reading, following the ordinary legislative procedure, should amend the Commission proposal as follows:

Assessment of existing equipment : to support the wide idea of circular economy, Members proposed using retrofit as a process for assessing the condition of existing equipment in order to decide, which components need to be replaced, which ones need to be repaired or modified and which ones can be reused, all based also on the future requirements of the equipment owner/user.

Adaptation of the Annexes to scientific and technical progress : Members stressed that an individual delegated act may cover a limited number of technically-related or interdependent measures.

Exemptions : for the sake of better regulation and legal predictability, the report introduced a requirement for the Commission to provide to the applicant, the Member States and the European Parliament a clear timeline for the adoption of its decision, within one month after receipt of an application for an exemption.

Review : Members stated that the next general review of this Directive shall be accompanied by a legislative proposal.

Documents
2017/05/30
   EP - Vote in committee, 1st reading
2017/05/30
   EP - Committee decision to open interinstitutional negotiations with report adopted in committee
2017/05/08
   EP - Amendments tabled in committee
Documents
2017/04/28
   EP - Committee draft report
Documents
2017/03/14
   IT_SENATE - Contribution
Documents
2017/02/01
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading
2017/01/31
   EP - VĂLEAN Adina-Ioana (PPE) appointed as rapporteur in ENVI
2017/01/26
   EC - Document attached to the procedure
2017/01/26
   EC - Document attached to the procedure
2017/01/26
   EC - Legislative proposal published
Details

PURPOSE: to contribute to the protection of human health and the environmentally sound recovery and disposal of waste electrical and electronic equipment by the means of restriction on the use of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (EEE).

PROPOSED ACT: Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council.

ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: the European Parliament decides in accordance with the ordinary legislative procedure and on an equal footing with the Council.

BACKGROUND: Directive 2011/65/EU (RoHS 2) sets out rules on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (EEE). RoHS 2 is a recast of the earlier RoHS Directive 2002/95/EC (RoHS 1). Both RoHS directives have stimulated a reduction in hazardous materials all over the world.

The Commission has a mandate to examine the need to amend the Directive’s scope in respect of the EEE definition and of additional exclusions of product groups covered by RoHS 2 by virtue of the open scope introduced with the 2011 recast.

The Commission has carried out this assessment and identified a number of issues related to the scope of RoHS 2 that need to be addressed to avoid the legislation having unintended effects. In absence of a Commission proposal, the following problems would arise after 22 July 2019:

the interdiction of secondary market operations (e.g. reselling, second-hand market) for new-in-scope EEE. This is known as the 'hard-stop'; the stop of the possibility to repair with spare parts a subset of new-in-scope EEE once legally placed on the market before that date; the different (distorting) treatment of cord-connected non-road mobile machinery in comparison to otherwise identical machinery powered by a battery or an engine (currently excluded from RoHS scope); the de-facto prohibition of pipe organs placement on the EU market (as not RoHS-compliant due to the lead used to produce the wanted sound).

This proposal treats these four problems which could affect the EU market, manufacturers and citizens and trigger negative economic, environmental, social and cultural impacts.

IMPACT ASSESSMENT: the Commission’s proposed measures would solve the four identified problems:

restoring the secondary market and increasing spare part availability for certain EEE will have the following positive impacts: (i) a reduction of costs and administrative burden both for business, including SMEs, and for public authorities; (ii) positive economic impact in terms of additional market opportunities given to the repair industries and secondary selling; (iii) positive social impact, including for EU hospitals, which would save about EUR 170 million after 2019, due to maintaining the possibility to resell and buy used medical devices; (iv) environmental benefits in terms of reduced overall waste generation; the exclusion of pipe organs from the Directive’s scope will help avoid the loss of up to 90% of jobs in the sector and the annual loss of up to EUR 65 million by 2025; the exclusion of non-road mobile machinery powered through a traction drive from the Directive’s scope will support industry development in the sector by removing distortion in the treatment of machinery.

CONTENT: the proposal seeks to amend Directive 2011/65/EU (RoHS 2). It tackles scope problems that cannot be resolved by either substance substitution or exemptions and guidance, e.g. for specific product groups with permanent compliance problem or where scope provisions generate market distortions.

The main elements of the proposal are as follows:

Secondary market : after 22 July 2019, both the first placing on the market and secondary market operations (e.g. reselling) of non-compliant EEE will be prohibited. EEE affected by this 'hard-stop' of secondary market operations are medical devices, monitoring and control instruments and other new-in-scope EEE. This barrier to secondary market operations is not consistent with the general harmonisation of EU product legislation.

For this reason, the Commission proposes to remove the hardstop of secondary market operations.

Spare parts : RoHS 2 creates an exception (to the general substance restriction) for cables and spare parts for the repair, reuse, updating of functionalities or upgrading of capacity of the groups of EEE gradually becoming subject its scope. However, newly-in-scope EEE other than medical devices and monitoring and control instruments are not listed.

The Commission therefore proposes to introduce a specific provision to exclude spare parts from substance restriction , so to allow the repair at any time of all EEE in RoHS 2 scope, which were placed on the EU market.

Non road mobile machinery : the proposal broadens the definition of non-road mobile machinery to include machinery powered by a cord-connected traction drive, in addition to similar machinery powered by an on-board power source. As a consequence, non-road mobile machinery powered through a traction drive will be excluded from the scope of RoHS 2.

Pipe organs : the Commission also proposes to add pipe organs to the list of excluded equipment due to the lack of alternatives for substitution.

Documents

Votes

A8-0205/2017 - Adina-Ioana Vălean - Am 5 03/10/2017 12:28:21.000 #

2017/10/03 Outcome: +: 645, -: 28, 0: 6
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2017/05/08 ENVI 6 amendments...
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  • date: 2017-03-14T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.connefof.europarl.europa.eu/connefof/app/exp/COM(2017)0038 title: COM(2017)0038 type: Contribution body: IT_SENATE
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  • date: 2017-01-26T00:00:00 type: Legislative proposal published body: EC docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/docs_autres_institutions/commission_europeenne/com/2017/0038/COM_COM(2017)0038_EN.pdf title: COM(2017)0038 url: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexplus!prod!DocNumber&lg=EN&type_doc=COMfinal&an_doc=2017&nu_doc=0038 title: EUR-Lex summary: PURPOSE: to contribute to the protection of human health and the environmentally sound recovery and disposal of waste electrical and electronic equipment by the means of restriction on the use of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (EEE). PROPOSED ACT: Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council. ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: the European Parliament decides in accordance with the ordinary legislative procedure and on an equal footing with the Council. BACKGROUND: Directive 2011/65/EU (RoHS 2) sets out rules on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (EEE). RoHS 2 is a recast of the earlier RoHS Directive 2002/95/EC (RoHS 1). Both RoHS directives have stimulated a reduction in hazardous materials all over the world. The Commission has a mandate to examine the need to amend the Directive’s scope in respect of the EEE definition and of additional exclusions of product groups covered by RoHS 2 by virtue of the open scope introduced with the 2011 recast. The Commission has carried out this assessment and identified a number of issues related to the scope of RoHS 2 that need to be addressed to avoid the legislation having unintended effects. In absence of a Commission proposal, the following problems would arise after 22 July 2019: the interdiction of secondary market operations (e.g. reselling, second-hand market) for new-in-scope EEE. This is known as the 'hard-stop'; the stop of the possibility to repair with spare parts a subset of new-in-scope EEE once legally placed on the market before that date; the different (distorting) treatment of cord-connected non-road mobile machinery in comparison to otherwise identical machinery powered by a battery or an engine (currently excluded from RoHS scope); the de-facto prohibition of pipe organs placement on the EU market (as not RoHS-compliant due to the lead used to produce the wanted sound). This proposal treats these four problems which could affect the EU market, manufacturers and citizens and trigger negative economic, environmental, social and cultural impacts. IMPACT ASSESSMENT: the Commission’s proposed measures would solve the four identified problems: restoring the secondary market and increasing spare part availability for certain EEE will have the following positive impacts: (i) a reduction of costs and administrative burden both for business, including SMEs, and for public authorities; (ii) positive economic impact in terms of additional market opportunities given to the repair industries and secondary selling; (iii) positive social impact, including for EU hospitals, which would save about EUR 170 million after 2019, due to maintaining the possibility to resell and buy used medical devices; (iv) environmental benefits in terms of reduced overall waste generation; the exclusion of pipe organs from the Directive’s scope will help avoid the loss of up to 90% of jobs in the sector and the annual loss of up to EUR 65 million by 2025; the exclusion of non-road mobile machinery powered through a traction drive from the Directive’s scope will support industry development in the sector by removing distortion in the treatment of machinery. CONTENT: the proposal seeks to amend Directive 2011/65/EU (RoHS 2). It tackles scope problems that cannot be resolved by either substance substitution or exemptions and guidance, e.g. for specific product groups with permanent compliance problem or where scope provisions generate market distortions. The main elements of the proposal are as follows: Secondary market : after 22 July 2019, both the first placing on the market and secondary market operations (e.g. reselling) of non-compliant EEE will be prohibited. EEE affected by this 'hard-stop' of secondary market operations are medical devices, monitoring and control instruments and other new-in-scope EEE. This barrier to secondary market operations is not consistent with the general harmonisation of EU product legislation. For this reason, the Commission proposes to remove the hardstop of secondary market operations. Spare parts : RoHS 2 creates an exception (to the general substance restriction) for cables and spare parts for the repair, reuse, updating of functionalities or upgrading of capacity of the groups of EEE gradually becoming subject its scope. However, newly-in-scope EEE other than medical devices and monitoring and control instruments are not listed. The Commission therefore proposes to introduce a specific provision to exclude spare parts from substance restriction , so to allow the repair at any time of all EEE in RoHS 2 scope, which were placed on the EU market. Non road mobile machinery : the proposal broadens the definition of non-road mobile machinery to include machinery powered by a cord-connected traction drive, in addition to similar machinery powered by an on-board power source. As a consequence, non-road mobile machinery powered through a traction drive will be excluded from the scope of RoHS 2. Pipe organs : the Commission also proposes to add pipe organs to the list of excluded equipment due to the lack of alternatives for substitution.
  • date: 2017-02-01T00:00:00 type: Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading body: EP
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  • date: 2017-06-01T00:00:00 type: Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=REPORT&mode=XML&reference=A8-2017-0205&language=EN title: A8-0205/2017 summary: The Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety adopted the report by Adina-Ioana VĂLEAN (EPP, RO) on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2011/65/EU on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment. As a reminder, the Commission’s proposal amends the scope of Directive 2011/65/EU on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (or RoHS 2). The scope review aims to tackle ‘unintended side-effects’ of the Directive that would arise after 22 July 2019. The parliamentary committee recommended that the European Parliament’s position adopted at first reading, following the ordinary legislative procedure, should amend the Commission proposal as follows: Assessment of existing equipment : to support the wide idea of circular economy, Members proposed using retrofit as a process for assessing the condition of existing equipment in order to decide, which components need to be replaced, which ones need to be repaired or modified and which ones can be reused, all based also on the future requirements of the equipment owner/user. Adaptation of the Annexes to scientific and technical progress : Members stressed that an individual delegated act may cover a limited number of technically-related or interdependent measures. Exemptions : for the sake of better regulation and legal predictability, the report introduced a requirement for the Commission to provide to the applicant, the Member States and the European Parliament a clear timeline for the adoption of its decision, within one month after receipt of an application for an exemption. Review : Members stated that the next general review of this Directive shall be accompanied by a legislative proposal.
  • date: 2017-07-11T00:00:00 type: Approval in committee of the text agreed at 1st reading interinstitutional negotiations body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/commissions/envi/inag/2017/07-14/ENVI_AG(2017)608074_EN.pdf title: PE608.074
  • date: 2017-10-03T00:00:00 type: Results of vote in Parliament body: EP docs: url: https://oeil.secure.europarl.europa.eu/oeil/popups/sda.do?id=29873&l=en title: Results of vote in Parliament
  • date: 2017-10-03T00:00:00 type: Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=TA&language=EN&reference=P8-TA-2017-0362 title: T8-0362/2017 summary: The European Parliament adopted by 645 votes to 28, with 6 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2011/65/EU on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment. The European Parliament’s position adopted at first reading following the ordinary legislative procedure amended the Commission proposal as follows: Assessment of existing equipment : to take account of the concept of circular economy, Parliament proposed to use not only repair, replacement of spare parts, refurbishment and reuse but also retrofitting as an assessment of the state of existing equipment. Conditions for exemption : Parliament clarified that reused spare parts from EEE should be exempted provided that reuse takes place in auditable closed-loop business-to-business return systems , and that the reuse of spare parts is notified to the consumer. Exemptions limiting the use of certain hazardous substances shall apply to reused spare parts: recovered from EEE placed on the market before 1 July 2006 and used in EEE placed on the market before 1 July 2016; recovered from medical devices or monitoring and control instruments placed on the market before 22 July 2014 and used in EEE placed on the market before 22 July 2024; recovered from in vitro diagnostic medical devices placed on the market before 22 July 2016 and used in EEE placed on the market before 22 July 2026; recovered from industrial monitoring and control instruments placed on the market before 22 July 2017 and used in EEE placed on the market before 22 July 2027; recovered from all other EEE that was outside the scope of Directive 2002/95/EC and which is placed on the market before 22 July 2019, and used in EEE placed on the market before 22 July 2029. Requests for renewal of exemptions : Parliament introduced an obligation for the Commission to communicate to the applicant, the Member States and the European Parliament a timeline for the adoption of its decision on the application, renewal or revocation of an exemption, within one month of receipt of the exemption request. Transposition : Member States shall transpose the Directive 18 months after the date of entry into force of this Directive but no later than 21 July 2019.
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  • date: 2017-11-21T00:00:00 type: Final act published in Official Journal summary: PURPOSE: to contribute to the protection of human health and the environmentally sound recovery and disposal of waste electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) by means of the restriction of the use of hazardous substances in EEE. LEGISLATIVE ACT : Directive (EU) 2017/2102 of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2011/65/EU on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment. CONTENT: the Directive provides for the exclusion of pipe organs and non-road mobile machinery with a traction drive powered by an external power source from the scope of application of Directive 2011/65/EU. It also provides for the promotion of promote a circular economy in the Union by lifting the prohibition of secondary market operations (which involve repair, replacement of spare parts, refurbishment and reuse, and retrofitting) for EEE that fell outside the scope of the previous Directive 2002/95/EC, but which would not comply with Directive 2011/65/EU . The Directive specifies that reused spare parts , recovered from EEE, shall be exempted provided that reuse takes place in auditable closed-loop business-to-business return systems, and that the reuse of spare parts is notified to the consumer. The Commission will be required to provide to the applicant, the Member States and the European Parliament a timeline for the adoption of its decision on granting, renewing or revoking an exemption within one month of receipt of the a request for exemption. ENTRY INTO FORCE: 11.12.2017. TRANSPOSITION: by 12.6.2019. docs: title: Directive 2017/2102 url: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexplus!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=EN&numdoc=32017L2102 title: OJ L 305 21.11.2017, p. 0008 url: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=OJ:L:2017:305:TOC
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PURPOSE: to contribute to the protection of human health and the environmentally sound recovery and disposal of waste electrical and electronic equipment 

(EEE) by means of the restriction of the use of hazardous substances in EEE.

LEGISLATIVE ACT : Directive (EU) 2017/2102 of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2011/65/EU on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment.

CONTENT: the Directive provides for the exclusion of pipe organs and non-road mobile machinery with a traction drive powered by an external power source from the scope of application of Directive 2011/65/EU.

It also provides for the promotion of promote a circular economy in the Union by lifting the prohibition of secondary market operations (which involve repair, replacement of spare parts, refurbishment and reuse, and retrofitting) for EEE that fell outside the scope of the previous Directive 2002/95/EC, but which would not comply with Directive 2011/65/EU.

The Directive specifies that reused spare parts, recovered from EEE, shall be exempted provided that reuse takes place in auditable closed-loop business-to-business return systems, and that the reuse of spare parts is notified to the consumer.

The Commission will be required to provide to the applicant, the Member States and the European Parliament a timeline for the adoption of its decision on granting, renewing or revoking an exemption within one month of receipt of the a request for exemption.

ENTRY INTO FORCE: 11.12.2017.

TRANSPOSITION: by 12.6.2019.

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  • The European Parliament adopted by 645 votes to 28, with 6 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2011/65/EU on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment.

    The European Parliament’s position adopted at first reading following the ordinary legislative procedure amended the Commission proposal as follows:

    Assessment of existing equipment: to take account of the concept of circular economy, Parliament proposed to use not only repair, replacement of spare parts, refurbishment and reuse but also retrofitting as an assessment of the state of existing equipment.

    Conditions for exemption: Parliament clarified that reused spare parts from EEE should be exempted provided that reuse takes place in auditable closed-loop business-to-business return systems, and that the reuse of spare parts is notified to the consumer.

    Exemptions limiting the use of certain hazardous substances shall apply to reused spare parts:

    • recovered from EEE placed on the market before 1 July 2006 and used in EEE placed on the market before 1 July 2016;
    • recovered from medical devices or monitoring and control instruments placed on the market before 22 July 2014 and used in EEE placed on the market before 22 July 2024;
    • recovered from in vitro diagnostic medical devices placed on the market before 22 July 2016 and used in EEE placed on the market before 22 July 2026;
    • recovered from industrial monitoring and control instruments placed on the market before 22 July 2017 and used in EEE placed on the market before 22 July 2027;
    • recovered from all other EEE that was outside the scope of Directive 2002/95/EC and which is placed on the market before 22 July 2019, and used in EEE placed on the market before 22 July 2029.

    Requests for renewal of exemptions: Parliament introduced an obligation for the Commission to communicate to the applicant, the Member States and the European Parliament a timeline for the adoption of its decision on the application, renewal or revocation of an exemption, within one month of receipt of the exemption request.

    Transposition: Member States shall transpose the Directive 18 months after the date of entry into force of this Directive but no later than 21 July 2019.

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  • The Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety adopted the report by Adina-Ioana VĂLEAN (EPP, RO) on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2011/65/EU on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment.

    As a reminder, the Commission’s proposal amends the scope of Directive 2011/65/EU on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (or RoHS 2). The scope review aims to tackle ‘unintended side-effects’ of the Directive that would arise after 22 July 2019.

    The parliamentary committee recommended that the European Parliament’s position adopted at first reading, following the ordinary legislative procedure, should amend the Commission proposal as follows:

    Assessment of existing equipment: to support the wide idea of circular economy, Members proposed using retrofit as a process for assessing the condition of existing equipment in order to decide, which components need to be replaced, which ones need to be repaired or modified and which ones can be reused, all based also on the future requirements of the equipment owner/user.

    Adaptation of the Annexes to scientific and technical progress: Members stressed that an individual delegated act may cover a limited number of technically-related or interdependent measures.

    Exemptions: for the sake of better regulation and legal predictability, the report introduced a requirement for the Commission to provide to the applicant, the Member States and the European Parliament a clear timeline for the adoption of its decision, within one month after receipt of an application for an exemption.  

    Review: Members stated that the next general review of this Directive shall be accompanied by a legislative proposal.

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  • PURPOSE: to contribute to the protection of human health and the environmentally sound recovery and disposal of waste electrical and electronic equipment by the means of restriction on the use of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (EEE).

    PROPOSED ACT: Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council.

    ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: the European Parliament decides in accordance with the ordinary legislative procedure and on an equal footing with the Council.

    BACKGROUND: Directive 2011/65/EU (RoHS 2) sets out rules on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (EEE). RoHS 2 is a recast of the earlier RoHS Directive 2002/95/EC (RoHS 1). Both RoHS directives have stimulated a reduction in hazardous materials all over the world.

    The Commission has a mandate to examine the need to amend the Directive’s scope in respect of the EEE definition and of additional exclusions of product groups covered by RoHS 2 by virtue of the open scope introduced with the 2011 recast.

    The Commission has carried out this assessment and identified a number of issues related to the scope of RoHS 2 that need to be addressed to avoid the legislation having unintended effects. In absence of a Commission proposal, the following problems would arise after 22 July 2019:

    • the interdiction of secondary market operations (e.g. reselling, second-hand market) for new-in-scope EEE. This is known as the 'hard-stop';
    • the stop of the possibility to repair with spare parts a subset of new-in-scope EEE once legally placed on the market before that date;
    • the different (distorting) treatment of cord-connected non-road mobile machinery in comparison to otherwise identical machinery powered by a battery or an engine (currently excluded from RoHS scope);
    • the de-facto prohibition of pipe organs placement on the EU market (as not RoHS-compliant due to the lead used to produce the wanted sound).

    This proposal treats these four problems which could affect the EU market, manufacturers and citizens and trigger negative economic, environmental, social and cultural impacts.

    IMPACT ASSESSMENT: the Commission’s proposed measures would solve the four identified problems:

    • restoring the secondary market and increasing spare part availability for certain EEE will have the following positive impacts: (i) a reduction of costs and administrative burden both for business, including SMEs, and for public authorities; (ii) positive economic impact in terms of additional market opportunities given to the repair industries and secondary selling; (iii) positive social impact, including for EU hospitals, which would save about EUR 170 million after 2019, due to maintaining the possibility to resell and buy used medical devices; (iv) environmental benefits in terms of reduced overall waste generation;
    • the exclusion of pipe organs from the Directive’s scope will help avoid the loss of up to 90% of jobs in the sector and the annual loss of up to EUR 65 million by 2025;
    • the exclusion of non-road mobile machinery powered through a traction drive from the Directive’s scope will support industry development in the sector by removing distortion in the treatment of machinery.

    CONTENT: the proposal seeks to amend Directive 2011/65/EU (RoHS 2). It tackles scope problems that cannot be resolved by either substance substitution or exemptions and guidance, e.g. for specific product groups with permanent compliance problem or where scope provisions generate market distortions.

    The main elements of the proposal are as follows:

    Secondary market: after 22 July 2019, both the first placing on the market and secondary market operations (e.g. reselling) of non-compliant EEE will be prohibited. EEE affected by this 'hard-stop' of secondary market operations are medical devices, monitoring and control instruments and other new-in-scope EEE. This barrier to secondary market operations is not consistent with the general harmonisation of EU product legislation.

    For this reason, the Commission proposes to remove the hardstop of secondary market operations.

    Spare parts: RoHS 2 creates an exception (to the general substance restriction) for cables and spare parts for the repair, reuse, updating of functionalities or upgrading of capacity of the groups of EEE gradually becoming subject its scope. However, newly-in-scope EEE other than medical devices and monitoring and control instruments are not listed.

    The Commission therefore proposes to introduce a specific provision to exclude spare parts from substance restriction, so to allow the repair at any time of all EEE in RoHS 2 scope, which were placed on the EU market.

    Non road mobile machinery: the proposal broadens the definition of non-road mobile machinery to include machinery powered by a cord-connected traction drive, in addition to similar machinery powered by an on-board power source. As a consequence, non-road mobile machinery powered through a traction drive will be excluded from the scope of RoHS 2.

    Pipe organs: the Commission also proposes to add pipe organs to the list of excluded equipment due to the lack of alternatives for substitution.

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S&D
name
KADENBACH Karin
activities/1/committees/0/shadows
  • group: EFD name: PEDICINI Piernicola
committees/0/shadows
  • group: EFD name: PEDICINI Piernicola
activities
  • date: 2017-01-26T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/docs_autres_institutions/commission_europeenne/com/2017/0038/COM_COM(2017)0038_EN.pdf title: COM(2017)0038 type: Legislative proposal published celexid: CELEX:52017PC0038:EN body: EC type: Legislative proposal published commission:
  • date: 2017-02-01T00:00:00 body: EP type: Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading committees: body: EP responsible: True committee: ENVI date: 2017-01-31T00:00:00 committee_full: Environment, Public Health and Food Safety rapporteur: group: EPP name: VĂLEAN Adina-Ioana body: EP responsible: False committee_full: Industry, Research and Energy committee: ITRE body: EP responsible: False committee_full: Legal Affairs committee: JURI
committees
  • body: EP responsible: True committee: ENVI date: 2017-01-31T00:00:00 committee_full: Environment, Public Health and Food Safety rapporteur: group: EPP name: VĂLEAN Adina-Ioana
  • body: EP responsible: False committee_full: Industry, Research and Energy committee: ITRE
  • body: EP responsible: False committee_full: Legal Affairs committee: JURI
links
other
    procedure
    dossier_of_the_committee
    ENVI/8/09146
    Mandatory consultation of other institutions
    Economic and Social Committee
    reference
    2017/0013(COD)
    subtype
    Legislation
    legal_basis
    Treaty on the Functioning of the EU TFEU 114
    stage_reached
    Awaiting committee decision
    summary
    Amending Directive 2011/65/EU
    instrument
    Directive
    title
    Restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment: scope of the Directive
    type
    COD - Ordinary legislative procedure (ex-codecision procedure)
    subject