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Serena Apr 11, 2019 11:56 AM
I am writing to you because I am looking for data on illegal waste shipments (movements of illegal waste from your country to other destinations and coming from other destinations to your country) for my research.

According to the EU Regulation No 660/2014 amending the Regulation (EC) No 1013/2006 on shipments of waste, EU Member States should publish and/or make data on detected illicit waste shipments available. However, I have not been able to find this information online. For this reason, I hope that you can help me to collect these data.

Thank you very much for your help.
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EEA Apr 15, 2019 09:52 AM
Dear Serena,

Thank you for contacting the European Environment Agency (EEA).

The European Union (EU) has a system to supervise and control shipments of waste within its borders and with the countries of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and non-EU countries that have signed the Basel Convention. There are several actors that are looking closely into this subject, for example IMPEL and EUROPOL. It is nevertheless worth mentioning that the nature of illegal waste trade means that it is difficult to get an accurate picture of all activities. The number of case detected depends not only on the amount of illegal activities but also on the inspection frequency and strategy.

Note that the EEA has produced the following 2 reports including chapters on illegal movements and shipments of waste in the EU, that you might find useful to consult:

• EEA/7/2012 - Movements of waste across the EU (2012) :[…]/movements-of-waste-EU-2012 - Chapter 6 on illegal movements of waste
• EEA/1/2009 – Waste without borders in the EU? Transboundary shipments of waste:[…]boundary-shipments-of-waste - Chapter 3 on illegal shipments with a figure on reported illegal waste shipments in the EU from 2001 to 2005

As mentioned above, IMPEL – The European Union Network for the Implementation and Enforcement of Environmental Law - is actively looking into illegal waste and is cooperating with various organisms including the World Customs Organisation on this subject. For example, a worldwide operation to detect waste trafficking was conducted in 2018 and the following press release details some of the results of the operation:[…]/. You might want to contact IMPEL to see whether there are any publicly available data on illegal waste shipment:

EUROPOL is also currently working on a report on environmental crime, which may include a chapter on illegal waste shipment but this would have to be confirmed by EUROPOL as we are not involved in this process.

As for the dataset in question, we would suggest you to contact the European Commission as we do not have access to it. Please send your request to:

Please also see some information on illegal shipments for the period 2010-2012 in the following report of the Commission:[…]/?uri=CELEX:52015DC0660&from=EN.

We hope that this information will be useful for you.
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