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European Commission - Press release

Environment: Commission urges Romania and Slovakia to comply with EU legislation on end-of-life vehicles

Brussels, 31 May 2012 - The European Commission is urging Romania and Slovakia to bring their national law on end-of-life vehicles into line with EU legislation. These Member States have failed to notify the Commission about the transposition of legislation updating a ban on hazardous metals such as lead, mercury, cadmium and hexavalent chromium in materials and components of vehicles. These measures should have been in place since 31 December 2011. On the recommendation of Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik, the Commission is therefore sending reasoned opinions and asking the countries to comply within two months. If they fail to do so, the Commission may refer the cases to the EU Court of Justice.

Directive 2011/37/EU asks Member States to ensure that spare parts for vehicles put on the market after 1 July 2003 do not contain lead, mercury, cadmium and hexavalent chromium except under specific circumstances.

The Commission sent letters of formal notice to Romania and Slovakia on 30 January 2012. Romania responded that a law transposing the Directive was currently in consideration but it has not yet been adopted and no timetable for the adoption has been communicated to the Commission. Slovakia replied that a decree transposing the legislation would be adopted in April 2012 but this has not yet come to pass. The Commission is therefore sending reasoned opinions, giving the countries two months to reply.


Directive 2011/37/EU amends Directive 2000/53/EC on end-of-life vehicles, updating the list of exemptions from the ban on lead, mercury, cadmium, and hexavalent chromium in materials and components of vehicles, except for specific cases and under certain conditions listed in Annex II to the Directive. The aim is to avoid these harmful materials entering the environment when the vehicles reach disposal stage.

Directive 2000/53/EC on end-of-life vehicles aims to reduce the amount of waste arising from vehicles which have reached the end of their useful life. Member States have to establish collection systems and ensure vehicles are transferred to authorised treatment facilities and stripped before treatment. They must also ensure that all environmentally hazardous components are recovered. Priority must be given to the re-use and recovery of vehicle components.

For more details on waste policy on end-of-life vehicles, visit:

For details about EU waste legislation in general, see:

For current statistics on infringements in general, see:


Contacts :

Joe Hennon (+32 2 295 35 93)

Monica Westeren (+32 2 299 18 30)

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