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Study supporting the evaluation of Regulation on shipments of waste

This report presents the findings of an evaluation study contracted by the European Commission concerning Regulation (EC) No 1013/2006 on shipments of waste  as well as Regulation (EC) No 1418/2007 concerning the export for recovery to non OECD countries.

A combination of research methods and analytical tools have been used, including literature review and consultation via both open public questionnaires as well as targeted questionnaires and interviews.

Overall, this study finds the regulations effective, relevant, coherent and adds value at EU level, although some issues remain including the lack of harmonised inspection regimes, diverging classifications of waste, and difficulties to adapt to circular economy.

Conclusions on the efficiency of the WSR were mixed, with concerns over inefficiencies (including the review process of the Regulation (EC) No 1418/2007) and significant costs caused by the regulation, although little data came to justify the claims.

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