VERE provides lobbying for SME's regarding environmental laws and transfers the issues into the political debate
The Association for the take-back and recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment (VERE e.V.) is an international community for optimal organisation and handling of all requirements, obligations and consequences for manufacturers, importers and distributors of non-food products and their packaging resulting from EU law and the national laws derived from it.
When the association was founded, VERE’s focus was, as its name suggests, on the German implementation of the European WEEE Directive, the Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act (ElektroG). Today, in addition to extended producer responsibility in the form of the WEEE Directive, EU Battery Directive or EU Packaging Directive, VERE’s activities also concentrate on product compliance issues such as under the European Product Safety Regulation or the Product Liability Directive or the Ecodesign Regulation. VERE also closely monitors developments in connection with the European Green Deal on behalf of its members. As an influential association across the EU, VERE is a key campaigner against country-specific labels that hinder the free movement of goods in the EU’s single market.
In the spirit of fair competition, VERE is particularly, but not exclusively, committed to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and micro-enterprises. The VERE association is the only organisation that effectively represents the interests of “the little ones” in the implementation and fulfilment of the strongly increasing requirements and also secures their rights. VERE thus occupies a niche. VERE meanwhile has over 4,000 members and is listed in the EU Transparency Register and the Lobby Register of the Deutscher Bundestag.
The EU Representative will work with business organisations to lobby the Commission on the specific concerns and needs of SMEs, in particular to reduce the bureaucratic burden on our companies.
Fortunately, the fees for many services of the EAR foundation could be kept stable or even reduced, which leads to financial relief. One exception is the quarterly fee, which unfortunately had to be increased.
Mobile phones, tablets, USB sticks and memory cards, smartwatches, hard drives and external burners are also affected. For many companies, the cost burden of copyright fees is enormous. VERE members can join an overall contract and save 20 per cent of the copyright fees due.