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MEPs urge EC to support circular economy package

Eight members of the European Parliament have urged senior figures in the European Commission (EC) to recognise the importance of the circular economy as the EC’s policy package comes under review.

In a letter to EC president Jean-Claude Juncker, vice-president Frans Timmermans and environment, maritime affairs and fisheries commissioner Karmenu Vella, the MEPs said the package was of “crucial and cross-cutting importance.”

“We remain of the strong belief that it is one of the most important legislative proposals currently being discussed due to its potential for far-reaching and long-term positive effect in ensuring sustainable development for the years to come,” they said.

They added the European Parliament and Council had started working on the package and they expected the EC to support it.

The letter was signed by Italian MEPs Giovanni La Via and Simona Bonafé, German MEPs Peter Liese, Matthias Groote and Karl-Heinz Florenz, Dutch MEPs Gerben Jay Gerbrandy and Bas Eickhout, and Finnish MEP Sirpa Pietikäinen.

The letter follows concerns over the future of the package. In his mission letter to Vella, Juncker tasked the commissioner to assess “the state of play of the circular economy package”

This would be to consider “whether and how it is consistent with our jobs and growth agenda and our broader environmental objectives”.

EU environment ministers have also urged caution on the proposals during the first Environment Council under the Italian presidency.

The set of policies includes targets of 70% for recycling and 5% for landfilling by 2030 and introduce an early warning system to anticipate any difficulties in hitting the targets.

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