“The joint effort should be made right now”

FEAD urges European Commission to take action on an EU Electronic Data Interchange for waste shipments.

At the meeting of waste shipments correspondents on 7 October, the European Commission presented the long-awaited feasibility study for the establishment of an EU Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) for waste shipments. The main objective of the project was to assess the definition of a common data standard that will allow a direct electronic exchange of data between member states. This standard would replace current paper-based processes under the Waste Shipments Regulation (Regulation (EU) No 660/2014 of 15 May 2014).

The European Federation of Waste Management and Environmental Services (FEAD) welcomes the EDI feasibility study and is convinced that an EU-wide system would increase traceability of shipments and improves the functioning of the internal market. A harmonised system applied in all member states will facilitate cross-checking and consistency of data submitted across the EU. Moreover, an electronic system would accelerate the overall documentation flow and speed up procedures, hence decreasing the administrative burden on the companies and competent the authorities. The Commission is expected to come up with an implementing act to provide for the technical and organizational requirements for the practical implementation of the system. FEAD urges the Commission to take concrete action now and not to wait for a next revision of the Waste Shipments Regulation before doing so.

Nadine De Greef, Secretary General of FEAD, comments: “The joint effort should be made right now. As long as there is uncertainty about the configuration of the future EU system, the member states will be reluctant to make the necessary investments in their national systems. We support the option recommended by the study of having a hybrid system in which existing national systems are connected to a central EU interface. This will allow a gradual integration of national systems into a harmonised European system.” Experts of the Federation strongly believe that the EDI should cover not only notification but also information requirements (so-called ‘Annex VII’ documents), since these documents represent the bulk of paperwork handled by waste management companies. The FEAD position paper is available under www.fead.be/en/position-papers.

Feasibility Study for the establishment of an Electronic Data Interchange for Waste Shipments http://ec.europa.eu/environment/waste/shipments/studies.htm.