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Circular Economy package will be ditched and re-tabled, despite protests

29 January, 2015

The European Commission’s decision to ditch the Circular Economy package of waste, recycling and incineration laws, was confirmed, despite the objections of the EU Parliament and national environment ministers. Legal procedures to officially dump the legislation should be completed in the next couple of months, the Commission told EurActiv.

 

The final decision has been taken and nothing could be foreseen that would change the executive’s mind at this stage, EU sources said.

 

The confirmation came after Karl Falkenberg, the Commission’s Director-General for the environment, told MEPs at a Parliament committee meeting that the formal decision would take place in February.

 

The Circular Economy package was intended to increase recycling levels and tighten rules on incineration and landfill. It consists of six bills on waste, packaging, landfill, end of life vehicles, batteries and accumulators, and electronic equipment waste.

 

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