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Czech push for simplified waste rules

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The Czech Presidency has proposed a simplification of existing EU waste legislation. Environment Minister Martin Bursik said that the idea would be to encourage the separation of waste by proposing that local fees for waste collection be directly tied to the amount of waste produced. The new law would also tighten requirements for landfill operations and increase the powers of regional authorities. The Czech Finance Ministry is also considering applying reduced VAT rates to waste management services, and is pushing for VAT cuts for recycled products at EU level