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EU Waste Incineration Directive

Volume 456: debated on Friday 2 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions were held by (a) officials from his Department and its predecessors and (b) Environment Agency officials with (i) EU Commission officials and (ii) outside bodies in connection with the adoption of the EU Waste Incineration Directive prior to the adoption of the directive on 4 December 2000. (118398)

Since the European Commission’s initial soundings on its first working paper in February 1994, officials from the former Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR) consulted fully, and at all stages, officials from the former Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, other interested Government departments and agencies on the negotiation of the Waste Incineration Directive (WID).

The Environment Agency was established by the 1995 Environment Act and became fully operational on 1 April 1996.

The implementation of the WID was discussed by officials at an EU level and copies of the proposed Directive and cost-benefit analyses commissioned by the DETR were distributed for comment to a range of other bodies, including trade representative organisations and associations. Trade representative organisations were also invited to meetings with DETR officials in April 1994, September 1997 and October 1998 to discuss the proposed directive.