Eight SAIs report on the enforcement of the European Waste Shipment Regulation (Regulation (EC) No 1013/2006)

19.11.2013

The joint audit report of the coordinated audit on the enforcement of Regulation (EC) No 1013/2006 of the European Parliament and the Council concerning the shipment of waste was presented at the meeting of the Contact Committee of the EU supreme audit institutions (SAIs)  and the ECA held in Vilnius on 10-11 October 2013. The SAIs of Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Poland, the Netherlands, Norway and Slovenia took part in the coordinated audit which resulted in eight national audit reports and a joint report.

The coordinated audit sought to obtain information on the existing practice in Europe with regard to the transboundary shipment of waste. The joint report and the national audit reports are expected to be discussed at the national parliaments and the European Parliament. The European Commission and the World Customs Organization have also shown interest in the conclusions and recommendations.

An overall conclusion of the joint report is that the Regulation is implemented in all eight countries but there are considerable differences in its enforcement in the individual countries. The differences lie in the enforcement strategies (six out of eight states do not do risk assessment) and in the number of the controlling authorities and the checks carried out of international shipments of waste (ranging from a dozen to several thousand a year). The responses to the violations of EU rules also vary (the sanctions imposed in the different states vary widely). The eight national reports have shown that the authorities have only limited information about the effects of the checks carried out and the reliability of the information on the waste processed abroad.

The differences in the enforcement of the regulation do not comply with the general principle of equal opportunities.

The SAIs participating in the audit have made recommendations for improving the enforcement of the regulation.

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