About this consultation

6 September 2017 - 28 November 2017
Policy areas

Consultation outcome

A short factual summary as well as a brief synopsis report on the consultation’s results will be published on this page.

A report, to be published in 2018, will set out the conclusions from the public consultation.

Target group

All citizens and organisations are welcome to contribute to this consultation.

Objective of the consultation

The Batteries Directive 2006/66/EC lays down rules on placing batteries and accumulators on the market and their treatment in the EU.

The Directive’s overarching objective is to maximise the separate collection of waste batteries and accumulators and to minimise the disposal of spent batteries as mixed municipal waste in order to achieve a high level of recycling for all waste batteries and accumulators.

In particular, the Directive sets minimum national-level targets for the collection of spent portable batteries and for the minimum performance of recycling facilities. The Directive sets restrictions for the use of some hazardous substances and requires that users be properly informed of these products’ characteristics.

The evaluation is the first step of a review process, in which the Commission assesses whether the Directive meets its objectives and contributes to the general objectives of the EU environmental policy.

This consultation is part of a wider consultation exercise that also includes targeted surveys and interviews with selected stakeholders.

Preliminary research results have served as a basis for understanding the various issues at hand as well as for identifying areas where data gaps in aspects under evaluation still remain. This consultation offers any interested individual, group or company an opportunity to give their opinion and provide information.

The consultation aims to capture views, experience and ideas of relevant stakeholders on achieving the Directive’s objectives, and invites them to provide relevant information for assessing the Directive’s performance and suitability. 

You can find further information on the study in support of the evaluation here.

How to submit your response

You can contribute to this public consultation by filling out the online questionnaire.

You can access the questionnaire in English, French and German and submit replies in any of the 24 official EU languages. Given the possible delays in translating replies submitted in certain languages, you are encouraged to contribute in English, as this will help us process the survey more quickly.

You can pause the questionnaire at any time and continue later. Once you have submitted your answers, you can download a copy of your completed questionnaire.

The final question gives you the opportunity to submit documentary evidence (max. 3 pages).

All contributions that are received may be published on the internet. It is important that you read the specific privacy statement attached to this consultation for information on how your personal data and contribution will be treated.

A Batteries Glossary is available and explains the terms used in the questionnaire.


View the questionnaire

The questionnaire is available via EU Survey.

Before responding, please ensure you have read the privacy statement of the Batteries Directive which outlines how your data will be processed by the European Commission.

Additional information

Organisations, networks, platforms or self-employed individuals engaged in activities aiming at influencing the EU decision-making process are expected to register in the Transparency Register. During the analysis of replies to a consultation, contributions from respondents who choose not to register will be processed as a separate category "non-registered organisations/businesses" unless the contributors are recognised as representative stakeholders through Treaty provisions. More information can be found on the Commission webpage on the Transparency Register.