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EU Commission to consult governments on CE package

The European Commission is likely to carry out an informal consultation with member state governments on its revised circular economy (CE) package, according to Defra.

Two public discussions are currently running to feed into the Commission’s revised CE proposals, due to be released this autumn, with one specifically focused on waste markets.

Now Defra resource and waste director Colin Church has suggested that a short consultation between the Commission and governments on the package’s definitions will take place just before the expected release.

Colin Church

Church (left) posted on Twitter: “Understand the European Commission likely to carry out very short ‘informal’ consultation, with governments only, on definitions in CE package after summer break.”

In an indication of what this may include, Environmental Services Association waste and resources consultant Roy Hathaway replied: “Commission officials discussed the definition of a municipal waste and recycling calculation method with the FEAD delegation yesterday.”

A Defra spokesperson later told MRW: “Having checked with officials, we understand the Commission intends to have an informal consultation with member states in the autumn in relation to the CE package. We await a formal announcement on this from the Commission.”

An online discussion for stakeholders and experts on waste management will run until 4 September. The Commission said it wanted a better understanding of the nature and the extent of regulatory failures causing undue distortions to recycling and recovery markets.

A broader CE consultation opened on 28 May and will run until 20 August. The proposals are set for release in the autumn and are expected to include recycling targets tailored to each member state.

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

Defra has been contacted for clarification.


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