New directive on waste electrical and electronic equipment

2 August 2012

Following agreement with the European Parliament, the Council has adopted a new directive on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). Once formally approved, the new text will replace Directive 2002/96/EC. The directive aims both to prevent WEEE and to promote re-use, recycling and other forms of recovery, thereby contributing to sustainable production and consumption. It also seeks to improve the environmental performance of relevant producers, distributors and consumers. Eric Davies brings us up to date.

Coming into effect: protection for the self-employed

2 August 2012

Self-employment is a significant form of employment in Europe, representing around 16% of the active population. Self-employed workers and their partners are now set to enjoy better social protection — including the right to maternity leave — under new EU legislation that takes effect on 5 August 2012. Paul Clarke reports.

EU and USA recognise each other’s traders

2 August 2012

At the beginning of May, the EU and USA formally agreed to recognise each other’s certified trusted traders, which should make life easier and cheaper for many transatlantic traders. Henrietta Clarke explains.

New FTA — good Korea move?

18 July 2012

The bilateral trade agreement between South Korea and the EU will help revitalise international trade, says Paul Clarke.

Introduction to hazardous waste

16 July 2012

Caroline Hand takes an introductory look at the systems businesses need to follow in order to comply with regulatory regimes surrounding hazardous waste.

Biocides: what are they?

12 July 2012

Biocides represent a €10–11 billion EU market growing at 4–5% per annum for the last 15 years, and this market is predicted to continue expanding. With such wide-spread use, it is worth considering what is actually meant by the term “biocide”, what types of products are considered biocidal and what purposes they are used for. Lisa Bushby investigates.