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CWIT - Countering WEEE Illegal Trade

Objective

The aim of the CWIT – Countering WEEE Illegal Trade – project is to provide a set of recommendations to support the European Commission, law enforcement authorities, and customs organisations, countering the illegal trade of WEEE in and from Europe.

The project will collect, study, and identify gaps in the current legislation in place at the International and European level such as the European Commission Directives on hazardous substances in products placed on the market in Europe and their treatment:
• A Directive on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)
• A Directive on the Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment

In addition, the CWIT project, through intensive data collection, information gathering process, and an intelligence-based approach, will:
• analyse the involvement of organized crime in the global distribution of WEEE;
• analyse criminal activity and crime types associated with illegal WEEE shipments, draw on other work being carried out targeting illegal e-waste exports on an international scale;
• estimate the true volume of WEEE generated and the amounts inappropriately disposed of;
• assess the typology of companies (and brokers) involved in the export market and identifying those with a criminal history; and
• develop detailed understanding of the destinations and routes used to carry illegal shipments, to possibly enable contacts with regulators and enforcers in destination countries.

The CWIT project plans to develop a set of recommendations:
• to the end user community that could improve the response to the illegal trade in WEEE;
• to the European Commission and its member states related to future research and technologies

Finally the CWIT project will ensure a multi-layer platform for exchange of information among the end-users consisting of law enforcement authorities, customs organisations, policy makers, etc... enabling them to better prevent and respond to the illegal trade of WEEE.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /social sciences/law
  • /humanities/history and archaeology/history

Call for proposal

FP7-SEC-2012-1
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Funding Scheme

CSA-CA - Coordination (or networking) actions

Coordinator

THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL POLICE ORGANIZATION
Address
Quai Charles De Gaulle 200
69006 Lyon
France
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 437 743,75
Administrative Contact
Ioana Botezatu (Ms.)

Participants (6)

WASTE OF ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONICAL EQUIPMENT FORUM AISBL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 354 382
Address
Boulevard Auguste Reyers 80
1030 Bruxelles
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Pascal Leroy (Mr.)
UNITED NATIONS UNIVERSITY
Japan
EU contribution
€ 344 271
Address
Jingumae 5 Chome 53-70
150 8925 Shibuya Ku Tokyo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ruediger Kuehr (Dr.)
ZANASI ALESSANDRO SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 123 478
Address
Via G B Amici 29
41100 Modena
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alessandro Zanasi (Dr.)
COMPLIANCE AND RISKS
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 241 258,25
Address
Eastgate Avenue Eastgate Business Park 9 B
Cork
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Damien Mcgovern (Mr.)
Cross-border Research Association
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 164 887
Address
Route De La Chocolatiere 26
1026 Echandens
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Juha Hintsa (Dr.)
UNITED NATIONS INTERREGIONAL CRIME AND JUSTICE RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 202 283
Address
Viale Maestri Del Lavoro 10
10127 Torino
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jonathan Lucas (Mr.)