Environmen t: The Commission asks CYPRUS to enact EU rules on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment

The European Commission is urging Cyprus to send details about how EU legislation on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment is being enacted in its domestic law. Cyprus has failed to enact rules on the limitation of hazardous substances in electronic equipment into national legislation and, in a separate case, has also failed to enact technical measures on exemptions for certain equipment containing lead. After Cyprus missed the original deadlines, the Commission sent letters of formal notice. As the shortcomings have still not been corrected, the Commission is sending two reasoned opinions. If Cyprus fails to act within two months, the cases may be referred to the EU Court of Justice, where financial penalties may be imposed.

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