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EXCLUSIVE: Details of new EU circular economy plans revealed

New measures to boost the circular economy in Europe will go beyond waste policy, a spokesman for the European Commission has told MRW.

MRW exclusive

The Commission has confirmed that it intends to withdraw the existing proposal on the matter to replace it with “more ambitious plans”.

The spokesman reiterated the Commission’s commitment to the cause and said the plans will be drafted by the end of 2015.

These are said to include:

  • a strategy on waste that takes more account of the variety of situations in member states, and focuses on objectives and their effective implementation
  • a more ambitious approach to the circular economy, not only addressing waste but also other aspects of the value chain to ‘close the loop’ of the circular economy, for example by addressing recycling in product design and creating a market for secondary raw material
  • a policy that actively supports the creation and development of new business opportunities and sustainable growth

The current set of proposals, a legacy from the previous legislation, has not been included in the Commission’s work programme for 2015.

Several parliamentary groups attempted to overturn the decision by presenting resolutions ahead of a vote in the European Parliament last week, but none won the necessary majority to be adopted.

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