Majority voting looms on landfills, ozone depleters

The glimmerings of an agreement on the proposed EC Directive on packaging waste were the most positive outcome of the Environment Council on 5 October. Efforts by the European Commission to break the deadlock on its proposed carbon/energy tax nudged the debate along only a fraction. The UK failed in its attempts to block the proposed landfill Directive on subsidiarity grounds, and now faces the possibility of being out-voted.

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