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 people’s enthusiasm for preserving their future raw materials shows that the efforts of traders, manufacturers, public authorities, service providers and associations certainly make sense.
According to information from our partner law firm Vy, manufacturers, sellers and importers of IT equipment can also be affected if they offer cloud services, e.g. as an additional option. Lawyer Dr. Urs Verweyen of Vy has requested VERE e.V. for support in the matter.
The Association for the Take-Back and Recycling of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (VERE) e.V. has taken the opportunity to present an opinion on the EU Commission’s consultation. The statement pays special attention to aspects where the implementation of the WEEE Directive has been particularly difficult, for example achieving the targets for the collection of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).