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Batteries

Consultation meeting with stakeholders on 15 July 2003 on the revision of the Battery Directive

In the framework the preparations for a European Commission proposal revising current Community legislation on batteries and accumulators, the Production, Consumption and Waste Unit of DG Environment is organising a meeting with stakeholders as a follow-up to the on-line consultation of stakeholder organisations and other interested parties on 15 July 2003. This consultation process is part of an Extended Impact Assessment, which the Commission is currently carrying out to prepare for this revision.

A public on-line stakeholder consultation was launched on 25 February 2003, with the publication of a Consultation Document (pdf~15K) on the web. The purpose of this on-line stakeholder consultation was to get input of a wide range of policy options listed in the Consultation Document from all interested parties. The stakeholder consultation ran until 28 April 2003. The Commission services have received contributions from approx. 149 stakeholders (including national, local and regional authorities, industry, battery associations, trade associations, NGOs and consumer- and retail organisation). The non-confidential contributions were published on the web site on 4 June 2003.

The purpose of the meeting of 15 July is to present the results of the stakeholder consultation and to have an open and constructive dialogue with all the stakeholders on the policy options for the revision of the Battery Directive.

Practical arrangements:

Date and time: 15 July 2003, 14 -17 hrs.
Venue: DG Environment, Avenue Beaulieu 5, Brussels, BU 9 Room 4/27

Registration:

Registration will be obligatory and on a personal basis. The room has a capacity of 50 participants. Therefore, it is likely that choices will have to be made. These choices will be made on the basis of the following principles:

(1) European associations will be given preference to national associations or individual companies or organisations

(2) Associations, organisations or persons with a more direct link to batteries and the issues covered by revision of the Battery Directive will be given preference.

(3) Preference will be given to interest groups which tend to be under-represented. This could e.g. cover environmental NGOs or public authorities. A geographical balance of the origin of the participants is another aspect that will be taken into account.

Registration for the event shall be sent to the following e-mail address: env-batteries@ec.europa.eu. The registration shall contain the following information: (1) Indicate in the title of the mail: Registration for 15 July consultation meeting on the revision of the Battery Directive (2) Name (3) Organisation (4) a brief description of the particular experience or interest of the applicant with respect to the above criteria. Please also make sure that the e-mail address from which the application is sent corresponds to the one the answer shall be sent to. No other form of application will be accepted.

The deadline for submission of applications is 8 July 2003. The applicants will be informed on whether their application has been accepted or not by 11 July 2003.

Other issues:

(1) Please note that no financing can be provided for travel costs or any other purpose in the context of this event.

(2) Please note that the meeting will be conducted English. No translation services will be available.