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Ref. Ares(2021)6270474 - 14/10/2021
Ref. Ares(2022)75685 - 05/01/2022
To: 
PELLEGRINI Mattia (ENV); AILE Silvija (ENV); LORZ Bettina (ENV); NYLUND 
Linda (ENV); SANTOS GIL Cesar (ENV); DEURWAARDER Ewout (GROW) 
Subject: 
Meeting with EUROBAT, 13 October 
 
A meeting took place yesterday, 13 of October, with EUROBAT representatives:  P de Smedt (SAFT), 
C Kunz (Exide), F Gattoglio and P Sanchis (EUROBAT Secretariat). 
 
All stakeholders we meet are advised to make their voice heard by colegislators, i.e. individual MS 
and MEP. We thank the information provided by stakeholders, above all when it may be used to 
ensure that an agreement emerges, but we remind that final decisions are not in our hands. 
Moreover, by default, the Commission has to stick to the text in the proposal. No additional text can 
be proposed without a new agreement of the College. 
 
EUROBAT had proposed a number of points to be discussed, as follows. 
 
1.  Status of corrigendum, results of public consultation and FAQs document 
 
The undersigned indicated that the date for a publication of the corrigendum was unknown, 
elaborating on the possibility that the corrigendum is not published because some needed 
corrections are actually being proposed as amendments by MS and the EP.  
 
As regards the feedback contributions, it is likely that they ask this information via access to 
Documents. 
 
2.  Timeline of delegated acts (esp recycling efficiencies) 
 
Like us, EUROBAT is afraid that the modifications in the calendar of the different pieces of secondary 
legislation are made without considering the impact on other acts or on the dates of entry into force 
of related provisions. I reiterated that the Commission  is advising co-legislators to be particularly 
careful in this respect, also  as regards the time to be given to economic operators to adapt to the 
new provisions. 
 
I also indicated that the JRC has started to prepare the technical elements for some of the pieces of 
secondary legislation. Activities related to the one on the methodology for recycling efficiencies are 
scheduled to start at the beginning of next year, at the latest. We took note that, in addition to 
recyclers, EUROBAT would like to participate.  
 
3.  Definitions: battery and producer 
 
EUROBAT supports the Commission in trying to avoid expanding the obligations to cover ‘cells,’ for 
instance. They will contribute to find unambiguous, short and clean definitions, if requested.  
The consider the definition of producer in the proposal particularly unsuitable and hope that the 
concept they propose (https://www.eurobat.org/images/Position_paper_producer_definition.pdf) i
useful. They will recirculate it with MS.   
 
4.  Grandfather clause (amd 205-206 IMCO) 
 
Amendment 205 IMCO reads as follows, 

 
3 a. With the exclusion of Chapter VII and for a maximum of five years after the entry into force of the 
Regulation, the Regulation shall not apply to the following industrial batteries, automotive batteries 
and electric vehicle designed before the entry into force of the Regulation: 
 
-Batteries placed on the market to be incorporated in safety-sensitive applications designed before the 
entry into force of the Regulation; 
 
-Batteries to be used as spare parts for equipment designed before the entry into force of the 
Regulation. 
 
Amendment 206 reads as follows: 
 
3 a. 4.With the exclusion of Chapter VII, this regulation shall not apply to industrial batteries designed 
before the entry into force of this Regulation: 
a) Placed on the market to be incorporated in safety-sensitive applications designed before the entry 
into force of the Regulation; 
b) or to be used as spare parts for equipment designed before the entry into 
force of the Regulation. 
 
It is almost sure that these amendments were suggested by the industry to the MEPs concerned. 
EUROBAT wanted to know our opinion and, if the case was presented, whether the Commission 
would support them.  
 
With all the necessary precautions, the undersigned indicated that the Commission would prefer a 
single clause stating that those batteries lawfully placed on the market before the entry into force of 
the regulation (or of parts of it), could continue to be marketed. The text of the amendments is at 
the same time too specific (‘safety sensitive’ could be understood as SAFT produced cadmium 
containing batteries) and too general (designed?). 
 
5.  Recycled content: company averages 
 
EUROBAT and its members have rejected from the beginning this provision. They came to the 
meeting with additional arguments, namely that using secondary materials in some particular 
applications could hamper the performance of the batteries. The degree of purity requested for 
these types of batteries will not be reached by current recycling processes. The 2027 review of the 
availability should therefore not only consider the amounts of secondary materials, but also its 
quality. Moreover, better that averaging yearly the values for specific models and plants, they 
propose to average per year and company. This would, according to them, allow manufacturers to 
better assign the resources. 
 
Our reaction pointed out that a large majority in the EP along with several MS wanted the scope of 
this provision to be enlarged and cover all battery types without any capacity limit. If this is decided, 
supply issues could become more important than expected, and the review will acquire a particular 
importance. The complexity of the obligations would also be multiplied. An example, the list of 
substances should be changed and basic metals (steel, manganese) should be added.  
 

In relation to the lower performance in batteries using secondary materials, we presented our vision 
that the technical developments from now to 2030 will make it possible to reach higher levels of 
purity at a reduced cost. We also criticized the possibility to average values over entire companies. 
But EUROBAT criticised the lack of consistency of the Commission. Such a system is, according to 
them, applied in other parts of EU legislation, e.g. on energy, with the green certificates. 
 
We agreed to convene a meeting to discuss specifically recycled content again.  
 
6.  Labelling & colour coding 
 
EUROBAT is in favour of colour coding. At least for small sized lithium batteries (shoes-box) to avoid 
them ending in lead-acid waste streams.  
 
We indicated that there are no problems to sort out waste portable batteries and the only known 
case (waste lithium batteries in lead waste streams) would not justify defining new labelling 
obligations (and technical specifications and standards)  for all. Moreover, that if any improvement 
resulting on a better identification is to be done, it should be based on digital technologies. 
 
On labelling, in general, they consider the obligations excessive and non-targeted. It is true that the 
presentation of labelling obligations in the proposal can be improved. But it is also true that 
producers already generate this information (as recognized by EUROBAT members) and that its 
rather a question of ensuring access to it. Labelling provisions are becoming an easy target for the 
criticism of some stakeholder.  
 
7.  EPR 
 
EUROBAT criticizes Article 47.5 of the proposal. It is difficult for them to be made responsible of the 
collection and recycling of waste batteries and, in addition, be obliged to compensate the activity of 
independent waste managers. That said, they are in favour of opening the market to actors not 
directly linked to or contracted by producers and PROs.  
 
They are ware that colegislators will change significantly chapter VII and in particular the first articles.  
 
8.  Possible inclusion of li-ion batteries in the list of hazardous waste 
 
While supporting the amendment of the List Of Waste to incorporate entries for lithium 
batteries, EUROBAT is against consider waste lithium batteries hazardous.  
 
José RIZO 
ENVIRONMENT B3: Waste Management & Secondary Materials 
T+322 29 50106 
Beaulieu 9 5/198