Launched on 2 December 2015, the Circular Economy Package proposal covers the full lifecycle: from extraction to production, and from consumption to waste management and the market for secondary raw materials.
Over the course of 2017, the Commission will continue to deliver on its Circular Economy Action plan.
“We will address waste to energy, make proposals on water reuse and, later in the year, we will unveil our plastics strategy,” Vella revealed.
One of the elements emphasised was the need for actions on the circular economy to be “consistent with our jobs and growth agenda”.
2017 will focus on underlining this. In May, the Commission’s Green Week theme will be “Green Jobs for a Greener Future”. This will highlight the job creation capacity of our circular economy approach, Vella said.
“On the circular economy, on air quality, on nature, on sustainable fishing and on oceans we have made real progress,” Vella said. “The work continues, and as we move to a comprehensive implementation of Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, we seek to integrate these individual policies into the wider and medium term perspective of the 17 global Sustainable Development Goals.
“This means applying the three principles of universality, integration and inclusivity, with the environmental dimension at its core.”
Vella stressed one secret to success is member states working together to “effectively implement what we have all agreed should be our priority objectives, seeing the economic benefit of sustainable policies, and taking the hard decisions on behalf of Europe’s next generations.”