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Resource Efficiency

Commission to begin a review of EU waste law


The European Commission is undertaking a review of current waste legislation and investigating how new markets and better recycling can contribute to economic growth. The review is part of the 2013 work programme which sets out objectives in seven key policy areas, with the overarching aim of returning Europe to sustainable economic growth.  Read more…

The Commission has indicated that there is untapped potential for the EU economy to be more innovative, productive and competitive while using fewer resources and reducing environmental damage. One of the objectives is to ensure Europe uses its resources more efficiently, which would contribute to increased growth, more jobs and enhanced competitiveness, with reduced costs for business.

During the period 2013-2014, the Commission will conduct a review of current waste policy and legislation.  Specifically, this legislative initiative will review key targets in EU waste legislation in line with the review clauses contained in the Waste Framework Directive, the Landfill Directive, and the Packaging Directive. It will also carry out an ex-post evaluation of waste stream directives, including ways to enhance coherence between them.

Find more info:

DG Environment Waste website

Annex I: Communication (2012/629) Choose translations of the previous link 

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