Fabian Demicoli

Maltese Government does not budge – Business Community Outraged

The WEEE Directive will remain in the
doldrums. It will not be implemented. Government does not care.  The business community led by GRTU has lost
hope. We have moaned complained groaned written discussed shouted, but to no
avail Government stands tall.

GRTU provides one solace. If Government
or MEPA ever think that on receipt of an infringement notice and subsequent
penalties it will pass these to producers, then it is best known from now! No
producer will pay any fees or penalties if he was paying Eco Contribution. There
is only one way out for Government. Stop tacking eco contribution and the
business community will shoulder it.

Otherwise this is history. Pity that DG
Environment has no clue of the situation in Malta.

Why is government procrastinating? Is
there any valid reason?  Or is it just
money?  The budget this time around shows
a decrease of two and a half million from Eco Contribution. So is there
anything in the pipeline or just continued evasion?

Early this week MEUSAC set up a meeting
regarding the transposition of the revised WEEE Directive. I for one would not
have wanted to be the MEPA representative at that meeting. MEUSAC should have
known better. They should have invited the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry
for Finance to be present. Maybe then he could have given the producers present
some answers.

The revised Directive is much more
demanding and communities are faced with this problem too. A problem endorsed
by a Government that has shied away from its obligations just because someday
he thinks he will make the producer pay twice. Keep on dreaming!

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