The text will be sent now to translation and, once ready, it will be published in the Official Journal of the EU together with the Q&A document.This is expected to happen by mid-November.
The text was negotiated in two trilogue meetings between the Council, the European Parliament and the European Commission. It still needs to be formally approved by the Parliament, whose vote in plenary is expected to take place in September 2013, and by the Council, which is due to take its decision after the vote in Parliament.
The new directive extends the ban on the placing on the market of portable batteries and accumulators containing more than 0,002% of cadmium to portable batteries and accumulators containing cadmium intended for use in cordless power tools. In order to enable the recycling industry and consumers to adapt to the relevant substitute technologies, this ban will apply from 31 December 2016.
The new directive also prohibits the marketing of button cells with a mercury content of less than 2% by weight. This ban will apply 21 months after the entry into force of the directive and the Commission will report to the European Parliament and to the Council on the availability of alternatives to button cells for hearing aids.