EU ministers have agreed that recycling should be one of six key growth sectors in Europe to receive special attention through EU and national Government initiatives.
Approving a European Commission strategy to include recycling within the EUs Lead Market Initiative, the Council of Ministers called on Brussels and member Governments to take urgent and co-ordinated action through ambitious action plans.
Recycling has been identified along with internet health services, sustainable construction, protective textiles, bio-based products and renewable energies as having immense growth potential.
In a communiqué, the council said: These markets are highly innovative, respond to customers needs in broad market segments, have a strong technological and industrial base in Europe and depend heavily on the creation of favourable [legal and administrative] conditions.
As a result, the council welcomed the Commissions plans to review legislation for recycling and other lead market sectors. It added that the Commission should help boost the sharing of best practices between public procurement authorities buying these services. It added that European standardisation bodies should be asked by the Commission, to develop new standards to encourage the quick take-off of the six markets.
Brussels should also develop adequate and effective co-ordination structures to boost co-operation between these industries and tiers of Government, the council said.