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EU waste proposals ‘off to good start’

Discussions on the circular economy package’s waste proposals in the European Parliament have “got off to a good start”, according to a senior Brussels official.

The European Commission’s environment lead Karmenu Vella (pictured) said a draft report from rapporteur Simona Bonafè was to be presented in the Parliament in May.

Speaking to the Parliament’s environment committee, Vella said Bonafè’s report would be adopted by the committee in November.

“Discussions on the legislative proposals on waste have got off to a good start. Reactions of the member states in the council working group have so far been positive.

“I know that my team in the Commission is already explaining the proposals, and preparatory meetings have taken place with Simona and her staff, as well as with the shadow rapporteurs. We offer our full co-operation and technical advice in the coming months.”

A revised fertiliser regulation was announced as the first ’deliverable’ of the package in March and now Vella says an eco-design work plan is being prepared.

He added that a progress report on the package’s implementation would be published five years after its adoption, expected to be next year. More regular updates would be given to member states, the Parliament and stakeholders.

Vella announced earlier this month that the Commission was hoping to adopt a communication on energy from waste by the end of this year.

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