Phase two of the Operational Facility-funded activity on Transfrontier Shipments of Waste kick started at the beginning of May with a meeting to re-confirm activities and plan next steps, in a joint effort between the research consultants, the OPFA WASTE consortium and OLAF, project supporting partner.
Within the last months a pilot research on crossborder shipments of waste, involving Italy, Romania, Latvia, Spain and The Netherlands was carried out. The main aim was to collect and compare institutional and open-source data on waste shipments for cross-reference purposes, identify best practices and gaps in data reporting and storage and gain insights into cases of repatriation of illegally shipped waste. Within the main outcomes, the need for enhancing data collection and reporting at national, EU and international level was highlighted as one of the most compelling.
To the aim of turning such a significative recommendation into a result, the Project Board has engaged into a follow up activity aimed at designing an EU-level standard dataset structure on Transfrontier Shipments of Waste, combined with a set of guidelines on the management of such information and a list of best practices from EU MSs.