New Bulgarian Appliance Association Criticizes Government's WEEE Law
Sep 7, 2006
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At the founding meeting of the new national appliance association CECED Bulgaria, appliance makers strongly criticized the Bulgarian government for failing to comply with the EU Directive on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE Directive).

"It is clear that the Bulgarian law is not in conformity with the European Directive," said Pascal Leroy of Brussels-based umbrella association CECED (European Committee of Domestic Equipment Manufacturers). “Manufacturers strongly object to unrealistic targets and disproportionate product fees."

The fees are part of measures being put forward by the Bulgarian government in the context of its implementation of WEEE, ahead of the country’s full accession to the EU. Bulgaria's transposition of Directive 2002/96/EC on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) is law that was intended to be in force as of Sept. 1, 2006. It requires municipalities to set up collection centers and payment by importers and manufacturers of a product fee to the government upon placement onto the Bulgarian market.

"To set targets that are impossible to achieve is senseless," Leroy added. "The Directive lays down that the obligation of companies should be to collect and treat all discarded products. Product fees are needed and should be set to discourage free riding but must reflect reasonable costs of collection, storage and treatment of WEEE.”

“The government has produced a most inadequate legislative instrument," added association WEEE spokeswoman, Alena Georgieva of Indesit Company, one of the founding members of CECED Bulgaria. “There is no WEEE collection infrastructure in place, the government has failed to work out a proper implementation plan, and industry sectors have not been involved in the preparation of the law. It is simply not possible to oblige producers to handle WEEE from 1 September 2006”

About CECED Bulgaria
Founding members of the new association are: Amica, BSH, Electrolux, Gorenje, Indesit Company, Liebherr, Philips, and Whirlpool Corporation. The association's first meeting was held on August 30 in Bulgaria's capital city Sofia.

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