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Žiga withdraws waste bill; will have Brussels evaluate it first

ENVIRONMENT Minister Peter Žiga announced he will suspend the legislative process related to the new Waste Act while it undergoes ‘intra-communitarian comments’ at the European Union and European Commission levels, the TASR newswire reported on August 18.

ENVIRONMENT Minister Peter Žiga announced he will suspend the legislative process related to the new Waste Act while it undergoes ‘intra-communitarian comments’ at the European Union and European Commission levels, the TASR newswire reported on August 18.

“There’s a common practice in Slovakia that a law is adopted before the EU has any say on it,” Žiga said at a session of the Economic and Social Council, which brings together representatives of the government, employers, trade unions and towns and villages, as quoted by TASR. “We want to prevent speculation or pending issues from arising.”
The measure is set to delay the adoption of the bill by three or four months, with the bill likely to be submitted for the cabinet’s session in the last quarter of the year, according to Žiga. While the law was originally planned to come into effect as of January 2015, it will most likely be postponed, he added.

Žiga said that the council session failed to produce an agreement with the Association of Towns and Villages of Slovakia (ZMOS) on what to do with abandoned waste. Employers from the Association of Employers Unions (AZZZ) also continue to harbour several reservations regarding the bill, TASR wrote.

On the other hand, there is no disagreement between the government and the trade unions (KOZ) on the bill’s provisions.

The bill, which aims to amend current rules and introduce new rules vis-a-vis waste management, has passed through the inter-ministerial commenting stage. The ministry is seeking to cut the amount of waste that ends up in landfill sites, to reduce waste as such and to minimise its detrimental effect on the environment and people’s health.

Source: TASR

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