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Dr. Andreas Neumann is admitted as an attorney-at-law in the jurisdictions of Austria, Germany (pursuant to Directive 98/5/EC) and New York. He is a member of Baker McKenzie’s Public Law Practice Group in Frankfurt. Prior to joining the Firm in October 2015, he gained four years of professional experience as an associate in one of Austria's leading business law firms. In this function, Andreas counseled major international enterprises in the pharmaceutical and telecommunication industries in trade law and regulatory matters. Andreas also spent nine months as a judicial clerk at various sections of the Salzburg District and Regional Court.

What has happened? This July, the German Federal Council approved, with changes, an amendment to the German Batteries Act (Batteriegesetz, “BattG”) suggested by the German cabinet. The bill became necessary, as the current German system of battery take-back was no longer sustainable. The legal structure imposed an unfair burden upon GRS Batterien, Europe’s largest collection scheme, which became increasingly financially unattractive and was therefore abandoned by many battery manufacturers who set up their own take-back schemes.

The new Batteries Act aims to set a level playing field. In addition, it introduces a registration obligation for anyone placing batteries on the German market and it transposes certain new requirements under the amended Waste Framework Directive into German law.

Read publication What has happened? The German Federal Government has agreed on a draft bill amending the Circular Economy Act (Kreislaufwirtschaftsgesetz, “KrWG”). In addition to transposing waste legislation adopted under the European Union’s Circular Economy Package into national law, Germany also intends to use this opportunity to introduce, among other…

What has happened? A year ago, the European Commission published a proposal for a Directive on the reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment (COM(2018) 340 final). On 21 May 2019, the Council approved the European Parliament’s position on this proposal. The so-called “Single-Use Plastics Directive”…