Uncertainty about impact of transfrontier waste rules

An EC Regulation on transfrontier waste shipments was finally agreed by Environment Ministers on 20 October after almost two years' wrangling. The rules increase the scope for Member States to block waste imports, but leave open the possibility that they could expose themselves to legal challenges if they breach EC free trade rules. Extensive new controls have also been imposed on shipments of waste intended for recovery, and on both imports to and exports from the Community.

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