Frequently Asked Questions on Directive 2012/19/EU on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)


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The pur­pose of this Fre­quently Asked Ques­tions (FAQ) doc­u­ment is to cla­ri­fy cer­tain aspects of Dir­ect­ive 2012/19/EU (here­after referred to as the “Dir­ect­ive”), which entered into force on 13 August 2012 and which Mem­ber States were required to trans­pose into nation­al law by 14 Feb­ru­ary 2014. At that time, Dir­ect­ive 2002/96/EC (the “old WEEE Dir­ect­ive”) was repealed. The doc­u­ment is prin­cip­ally inten­ded to help com­pet­ent pub­lic author­it­ies and eco­nom­ic oper­at­ors inter­pret the pro­vi­sions of the Dir­ect­ive in order to ensure com­pli­ance with the Directive’s require­ments. How­ever, the Dir­ect­ive being addressed only to the Mem­ber States, the rights and oblig­a­tions for private parties exclus­ively flow from the meas­ures enacted by the author­it­ies of the Mem­ber States to imple­ment it.