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Initiatives taken at the EGARA-meeting, Brussels, 15.-18.11.2005

Following EGARA’s participant in and presentation at the ARA-Convention in Tuscon, Arizona, and the subsequent article in the ARA magazine, where Lennart Scharff ventilated the idea of more international cooperation, EGARA took the initiative at its last meeting in Brussels, 17. – 18.11.05 to invite participants from other associations to their meeting, to investigate the possibilities for working together.

There was great support for this, and our “colleagues” from overseas:

George Eliades, ARA – US; Steve Fletcher, ARC – Canada; Minoru Gouko, JARA – Japan

turned up at the meeting and had encounters with their colleagues in the European Associations in one of the best attended meetings ever – with almost 30 participants, including our new colleagues from Lithuania who turned up for the first time and now will join EGARA.

After a “brainstorming” on issues on which we should cooperate internationally, the meeting made the following list of recommendations:

  • To continue and expand the successful exchange of information between association secretaries
  • To establish a quarterly international newsletter
  • in a harmonised format to be put on web-sites
  • containing short reports from each country/association
  • with key issues to be covered:
    • overview of certification systems
    • overview on rules for testing and selling used airbags
    • overview on rules for how to obtain salvage cars
    • needs for testing equipment
    • exchange of information concerning solutions of important problems

 

During the next months the secretaries of the different associations, together forming an “editorial committee” – also including our colleague Alan Marshall, APPRA – Australia who unfortunately could not come – but is on board – will finalise the details concerning the newsletter, and it is the plan that the first of these newsletters will come early in 2006.

It was further decided to arrange an International Round Table at the forthcoming ARA-event in Las Vegas, March 2006 to elaborate further on the ideas, and the secretaries will work on the agenda for this meeting, to which all automotive recyclers – worldwide – will be invited.

EGARA looks forward to this, and strongly believes that if we realise and benefit from that ”together we are strong”, the Automotive Recycling Sector will get a better future internationally.

2015- Target Review Report has been published

As you may recall, EGARA held the vice-chairmanship on the European Commissions Stakeholder Working Group (SWG) investigating the possibilities for achieving the 2015-targets in the ELV-directive. The final report has now been delivered to the Commission, which based on it, will make proposals to the Parliament and the Council.

The report can be found on the Commission’s web-site:

http://europa.eu.int/comm/environment/waste/elv_index.htm

I am happy to be able to say that, EGARA’s presence clearly can be seen in the report. Most important is perhaps that, it has now been stated that:

  • there is work involved in de-polluting and dismantling for recycling according to the directive – and there are also costs associated with it
  • investments are needed in order to comply with “rules”
  • to base the economy of this purely on high scrap-metal prices is a “fragile” solution and does not guarantee sustainability.

Take a look yourselves! Quite interesting reading!

Lennart Scharff

EGARA-secretary