On 4 July 2012, the European Parliament and the Council adopted the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (Directive 2012/19/EU, so called “WEEE”) which needs to be transposed into national law. The aim of the Directive is not only to prevent waste in this field but also to incentivise recycling, improve overall environmental awareness of the parties involved, and protect the environment as well as human health.
Even though the deadline for the transposition of the 2012 WEEE Directive expired on 14 February 2014, only five countries have fully and another five countries partially transposed the directive. The European Commission is aware that usually there are delays in the transposition processes.
Further information can be accessed here: Website of the European Commission on WEEE: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/waste/weee/legis_en.htm