Negotiations with the European Parliament on all four legislative proposals on waste – as part of the Circular Economy Package – will begin next week, after a negotiating mandate was agreed by ministers through the European Council.
Negotiations are expected to focus on a number of outstanding elements, including the definitions, the setting of binding targets and their calculation rules, end-of-waste criteria, extended producer responsibility schemes and waste prevention.
The legislative proposals introduce additional measures to reduce waste generation, control waste management, boost recycling and cut resource use.
These new proposals amend six waste related legislation as follows:
- Waste framework directive
- Packaging waste directive
- Landfill directive
- Directive on electrical and electronic waste, on end-of-life vehicles; and on batteries and accumulators and waste batteries and accumulators
In a statement, the Council said: “Today’s mandate is the result of intensive work and discussions on all four proposals during three Council Presidencies (NL, SK and MT). The Maltese Presidency has now obtained support to initiate talks with the European Parliament with a view to a possible first reading agreement.”
A first “trilogue” meeting is scheduled on 30 May.