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EU circular economy public consultation 'in few days'

A European Commission official has announced that public consultation for the EU commission’s revised circular economy package will be launched “in a few days”.


Aurore Maillet, left, a member of the cabinet of environment commissioner Karmenu Vella, told a meeting Brussels that the online consultation will take three months and was confident the dialogue would not delay the revised package.

As reported by MRW, Vella previously announced the consulation would begin ahead of a stakeholder meeting in Brussels on 25 June.

Maillet said the new package would be in two parts with the first focusing on waste and recycling targets but did not elaborate on how these would be tailored to each member state, as had previously been suggested.

“We are still looking at what is the best way to make the waste targets and waste proposal more country-specific,” she said at a European Policy Centre event.

The second half of the package is set to be an “action plan” for other parts of the circular economy.

“We are going to look at products before they become waste, when they are produced,” Maillet said. She added that the “consumption” aspect will also be involved.

Maillet said the Commission already had “a lot of input” for the waste legislation, including an impact assessment, a public consultation, and ideas from the EU parliament and member states.

The original package was dropped last December and included recycling targets of 70% for municipal waste and 80% for packaging by 2030.

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