From the British Federation of Audio

WEEE DIRECTIVE - BRITISH FEDERATION OF AUDIO CONTINUES TO CALL FOR VISIBLE FEE

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From the British Federation of Audio





WEEE DIRECTIVE - BRITISH FEDERATION OF AUDIO CONTINUES TO CALL FOR VISIBLE FEE

Chairman Reiterates Policy at Annual General Meeting



Steve Harris, Chairman of The British Federation of Audio (BFA), once again stressed that the Federation was continuing to call for a Visible Fee on invoices to clearly identify the cost of WEEE. Speaking at the BFA Annual General Meeting, held recently in central London, Harris pointed out that the BFA has always supported the Visible Fee, however, as a Trade Association, the Federation was barred from a collective discussion on the subject by the competition legislation.



'We see the Visible Fee as being the most sensible and cheapest way for these onerous costs to be paid for', explained Harris, 'if audio -video manufacturers and distributors don't pass them on most of them will end up making a loss. And if every company just increases its prices these will be marked up through the sales chain and the consumer will pay far more.'



Please find attached full Minutes of the AGM, together with the Chairman's Report.



Following the AGM meeting a presentation on the implementation of the WEEE Directive was given by Dr Philip Morton of REPIC. See attached Power -Point Display file.





Release Ends/No Embargo: 20th May 2005




BFA CONTACTS:

Stephen N Harris, Chairman, BFA, on steveh@british -audio.org.uk

Chris Cowan, Secretary, BFA, on chrisc@british -audio.org.uk



PRESS CONTACT:

Andy Giles, Press Officer, BFA, on andyg@british -audio.org.uk

Tel: 01932 841349

About the BFA: Formed in 1965 by around thirty British manufacturers of hi -fi equipment, the Federation of British Audio, as it was then called, served to foster the interests of a developing industry and to promote the widest use of its products at home and, especially, overseas. In recent years, as the market has matured, the Federation's membership has broadened and now consists of a melange of 50 manufacturers and distributors of a wide range of audio, home -cinema products and accessories. To reflect these changes, the name was changed to the British Federation of Audio in 1994. In 2001 the BFA became a Company Limited by Guarantee.




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