Answer given by Mr Potočnik on behalf of the Commission
1. The data used in the report on the amount landfilled are originating from Eurostat and have been reviewed by the Member States.
2. The Commission indeed is of the opinion that the inaction of some Member States risks resulting in a lack of implementation of EU waste legislation. The Commission has expressed its concerns on several occasions and has taken a number of measures — ranging from awareness raising and training, through political pressure, to legal action — to improve the situation.
3. Drawing up and updating waste management plans and waste prevention programmes is a legal obligation for Member States, the Commission takes action in case of their absence. In 2013, the Commission will undertake a quality check of the content of notified waste management plans and, in case of deficiencies, recommendations will be given to the relevant Member States to improve the situation. It will also examine national waste prevention programmes as soon as they become available (by end 2013).