Commission adopts new Circular Economy Package

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Series Details IP/15/6203 (02.12.15)
Publication Date 02/12/2015
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Summary:

The European Commission adopted on 2 December 2015 its Circular Economy Package. It includes a set of initiatives aimed at stimulating the European Union's transition towards a circular economy.

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The proposals cover the full lifecycle: from production and consumption to waste management and the market for secondary raw materials. This transition was set to be supported financially by ESIF funding, Horizon 2020, structural funds for waste management, and investments in the circular economy at national level.

The package includes:

+ [COM(2015)614] Communication on 'Closing the loop - an EU action plan for the circular economy'

+ [COM(2015)593] Proposal for a Directive amending Directives 2000/53/EC on end-of-life vehicles, 2006/66/EC on batteries and accumulators and waste batteries and accumulators, and 2012/19/EU on waste electrical and electronic equipment

+ [COM(2015)594] Proposal for a Directive amending Directive 1999/31/EC on the landfill of waste

+ [COM(2015)595] Proposal for a Directive amending Directive 2008/98/EC on waste

+ [COM(2015)596] Proposal for a Directive amending Directive 94/62/EC on packaging and packaging waste

Some stakeholders pointed out that the Commission failed to deliver an ambitious package, considering that its legally binding core was weaker than previous proposals.

Source Link http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-15-6203_en.htm
Related Link(s)
European Commission: Circular Economy Package [Q&A] http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-15-6204_en.htm
EurActiv, 01.12.15: New Circular Economy package still a work in progress for construction industry http://www.euractiv.com/sections/sustainable-construction/new-circular-economy-package-still-work-progress-construction
EUObserver, 27.11.15: Commission mulls lower targets in 'more ambitious' waste bill https://euobserver.com/environment/131290
EPRS: At a Glance, December 2015: New circular economy package http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/ATAG/2015/572795/EPRS_ATA(2015)572795_EN.pdf
European Parliament: Press Release, 02.12.15: Circular economy: the importance of re-using products and materials http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news-room/content/20151201STO05603/
EEB: Press Release, 02.12.15: Smoke and mirrors as Commission issues Circular Economy Package with weaker waste targets https://web.archive.org/web/20160213220015/www.eeb.org/index.cfm/news-events/news/smoke-and-mirrors-as-commission-issues-circular-economy-package-with-weaker-waste-targets/
EUObserver, 02.12.15: [Analysis]: Circular economy: ambition in eye of beholder https://euobserver.com/environment/131350
EurActiv, 02.12.15: Timmermans defends ambition of new Circular Economy package http://www.euractiv.com/sections/sustainable-dev/timmermans-defends-ambition-new-circular-economy-package-320049
European Commission: First Vice-President Timmermans' and Vice-President Katainen's opening remarks at the presentation of the Circular Economy package http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_SPEECH-15-6238_en.htm
European Parliament: Press Release, 02.12.15: MEPs welcome new circular economy proposals but regret weaker waste targets http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news-room/content/20151201IPR05540/
UK: House of Commons: Research Briefings, December 2015: EU Circular Economy Package http://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/CBP-7416
[Opinion] EurActiv, 04.12.15: Europe should continue to strive for the ideal circular economy http://www.euractiv.com/sections/sustainable-dev/europe-should-continue-strive-ideal-circular-economy-320140
[Opinion] EurActiv, 04.12.15: The Circular Economy Package: A waste of job opportunities? http://www.euractiv.com/sections/sustainable-dev/circular-economy-package-waste-job-opportunities-320134
E!Sharp, December 2015: Making a success of the circular economy http://esharp.eu/debates/energy-and-environment/making-a-success-of-the-circular-economy
EurActiv, 06.04.16: Commission vows tough enforcement of Circular Economy Package http://www.euractiv.com/section/climate-environment/news/commission-vows-tough-enforcement-of-circular-economy-package/
EurActiv, 29.04.16: Commission delays ecodesign strategy for fear of offending UK businesses http://www.euractiv.com/section/sustainable-dev/news/commission-delays-ecodesign-strategy-for-fear-of-offending-uk-businesses/
EurActiv, 10.06.16: Commission’s axing of Circular Economy Package ‘stalled’ green policies across EU http://www.euractiv.com/section/sustainable-dev/news/commissions-axing-of-circular-economy-package-stalled-green-policies-across-eu/
Legislative Train: Circular Economy Package http://www.europarl.europa.eu/legislative-train/theme-new-boost-for-jobs-growth-and-investment/package-circular-economy-package

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