Countering Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Illegal Trade (CWIT)

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    Jaco Huisman

    The aim of this project is to provide a set of recommendations to support the European Commission, law enforcement authorities, and customs organizations countering the illegal trade of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) in and from Europe. The project will collect, study, and identify gaps in the current legislation in place at the International and European level such as the European Commission Directives on hazardous substances in products placed on the market in Europe and their treatment. The role of UNU-IAS in the project is to estimate the true volume of WEEE generated and the amounts inappropriately disposed of, and assess the typology of companies (and brokers) involved in the export market and identify those with a criminal history. The CWIT project will develop a set of recommendations to the end user community that could improve responses to illegal trade in WEEE, and recommendations to the European Commission and its member states related to future research and technologies. The project will ensure a multi-layer platform for exchanging information among end-users, including law enforcement authorities, customs organizations and other policymakers, which will enable them to better prevent and respond to the illegal trade of WEEE.