At the end of June 2018, Parliament issued Law 143/2018 on contributions payable to the Environment Fund, approving Government Emergency Ordinance (G.E.O.) no. 48/2017, but with several modifications in relation to packaging, electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) and portable batteries and accumulators introduced on to the Romanian market, as well as the penalties payable by local authorities for failing to meet waste reduction targets.
Changes made by Law 143/2018
Law no. 143/2018 on the approval of G.E.O. no. 48/2017 for the modification and completion of G.E.O. no. 196/2005 on the Environment Fund was published in the Official Journal of Romania no. 530 on 27 June 2018. This law makes several amendments to environmental legislation.
According to the new provisions, the contribution for packaging placed on the Romanian market will be payable on the difference between the quantities of packaging waste corresponding to the minimum recycling/recovery targets, set out in Appendix no. 3 of the Ordinance, and the quantities of packaging waste sent for recycling/recovery. The previous legislation stated that the packaging waste had to be actually recycled/recovered.