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EU Commission concern at CE package changes

The European Commission has said draft changes to its circular economy package may not be realistic.

In December, the Commission published its original proposals, including a target of 65% for the preparation for reuse and recycling of municipal waste by 2030 and a 75% target for packaging waste.

This month, the EU Parliament’s rapporteur for the package, Simona Bonafe, proposed higher targets for both materials and called on the Commission to introduce similar targets for trade waste by 2018.

Sadauskas 15 june

Sadauskas 15 June

Now the Commission’s director of green economy, Kestutis Sadauskas (pictured), has welcomed the publication of Bonafe’s report but said extra targets and reviews may be impracticable.

He said: “We appreciate the confidence the rapporteur puts in the Commission and proposing many tasks for us with tight deadlines, most by 2018, but I fear this may be an overestimation of our capacities.

“If we have to work on numerous reviews, reports, visions and delegating and implementing acts, I fear little time will be left to ensure that the improvements in real life are achieved in the next few years.

“Overall, thanks a lot for the ambition, the vision, the support, for the confidence. We are ready to search for a pragmatic compromise.”

Bonafe 15 june

Bonafe 15 June

Bonafe (pictured) said she hoped to achieve a compromise quickly and agreed there was a lot in her proposal for the Commission to do.

She said: “We have not put all this on the Commission’s plate because we want to overwhelm them but because we feel they are up to the task and that they will really help.

“Amendments will come in and I trust these will improve my proposal. I hope we will be able to achieve the broadest majority possible.”

The deadline for other members of the environment committee to submit amendments to Bonafe’s report was pushed back by a week to 30 June at the discussion.

German MEP Karl-Heinz Florenz called for an even later deadline of 7 July to “do things properly” but this was rejected because of fears it could delay other deadlines.

The amended proposal is due to be published in September, with vote on its adoption as the committee’s official position in November.

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