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Context of the assignments

The general aim of the “Study to identify and assess the feasibility of measures to enhance the impact of Directive 2006/66/EC on the protection of the environment, on the promotion of circular economy and on the smooth functioning of the internal market”[1] and the study "Assessment of options to improve particular aspects of the EU regulatory framework on batteries" is to assist the European Commission in the process of the review of the Batteries Directive. The two studies shall provide the European Commission with the information necessary to assess the feasibility and the expected impact of measures and options intended to address the shortcomings identified in the Batteries Directive.

The objective of the two studies is to identify measures and options for the improvement and development of a new EU regulatory framework on batteries and to assess the impact of these measures and options. Improvement refers to the shortcomings of the Directive which were identified during the previous evaluation study of the Directive.

The development and assessment of measures and options also means examining their general feasibility. Assessment means calculating, analysing and finally evaluating the environmental, economic and social impacts of the measures and options.

The results of these two studies will support the development of a new EU regulatory framework on batteries and its implementation on the ground. As the most urgent aspects for such improvements are in principle well known and considering the usual duration for full enforcement at national level, we aim to provide concrete and practical options for improvement. The studies shall pave the way to enable timely preparation of proposals by the European Commission for such improvements.


[1] This report shall use the term ‘feasibility study’ to address this study of the service request; not to be confused with an official ‘Impact Assessment’.