VERE provides lobbying for SME's regarding environmental laws and transfers the issues into the political debate
The VERE Association for the take-back and recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment (VERE e.V. registered association) is an international EEE respectively WEEE community for the optimal organization and management of all environmental laws arising from the obligations and consequences for manufacturers, importers and distributors of electrical and electronic equipment. The VERE Association especially cares for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), micro-enterprises and sole proprietorships and preserves its interests. Thus, VERE fills a niche in the sector of electrical and electronic devices.
On 15 October 2020, the VERE Association submitted its statement to the German Federal Ministry for the Environment on the draft bill of a First Act to Amend the Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act (“ElektroG3 draft bill”). VERE’s requests for amendment are quite manageable, since VERE considers the draft to be basically sensible and target-oriented; the bureaucratic effort is at least not much greater and there are opportunities to establish a qualitatively and quantitatively sophisticated collection and recycling/reuse system featuring increased market fairness.
On 11 March 2020, the EU Commission submitted an updated action plan for the recycling industry as part of the EU industrial strategy. VERE e.V. has begun alerting political decision-makers to the need to implement the planned measures under the aspect of maintaining fair competition.
The BMU, in coordination with the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs, has revoked the statement issued on 1 December 2009 to the effect that a joint take-back system for device batteries had been established.