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Red Tape - Third delay to EU Directive

Red Tape - Third delay to EU Directive

Category: Business

Updated: 31/10/2008
First Published: 28/06/2006

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Business groups have expressed their exasperation with the Government after the launch of the EU waste Electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) Directive was delayed for a third time. The Directive is designed to ensure that all electrical and electronic equipment, from computers to toasters, is disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner. Both the CBI and the FSB have spoken out about the possible damage to business caused by yet another delay. Although their members support the DTI's decision to put proceedings on hold if it means the regulations are put in place properly, business groups claim that the uncertainty surrounding when the regulations will finally be introduced, and the questions about the final form the rules will take, is damaging to business.

The Environment Chairman for the FSB, John Holbrow, said: "This directive could be disastrous for small businesses if its implementation is not properly handled. The FSB welcomes the DTI's admission that it needs to take the time to make sure it gets the details right, but this constant dithering about the timetable and how the directive will be implemented in practice is only causing confusion among small businesses. We urge the DTI to come up with clear guidelines and a confirmed timetable, so that small businesses are not left in the dark on this wide ranging measure."

John Cridland, CBI Deputy Director, said: "Firms will view a delay to allow consultation on outstanding issues as the right decision. But it is clear that the DTI has not resolved the key issues required to implement what is an undeniably complex EU Directive. The revised start date for the regulations was rapidly approaching, yet firms were lacking key information on what would be required of them."

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